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Student named All-American flag football official at national tournament

Five officiates stand smiling on a flag football field
Nicholas Calhoun (center), a senior from Statham, Georgia, pursuing a degree in business management, was named an All-American flag football official. Calhoun was part of the referee crew that officiated the women's national flag football championship game.

University of North Georgia (UNG) student Nicholas Calhoun was one of 10 students nationally named an All-American flag football official, the first student from UNG to achieve this status. It is the highest honor that can be awarded to a student flag football official. 

21 year-old Calhoun, a senior from Statham, Georgia, pursuing a degree in business management, was one of three UNG students invited to officiate at the National Flag Football Tournament hosted by the University of West Florida from Jan. 2-6 in Pensacola, Florida. 

"Being named an All-American is an honor and really speaks to how hard we work in UNG's intramural sports to prepare as well as we can to officiate both on and off campus," Calhoun said.

Students involved in the regional intramural flag football tournaments, which take place yearly, are graded on their precision while refereeing and their conduct while overseeing the games. These referees can earn a chance to officiate games at the National Flag Football Tournament depending on their level of expertise, and this year Calhoun, Zach Kula, and Adam Minnick were among the 50 chosen nationally to attend. 

"This honor demonstrates the commitment that the intramural sports program has to developing quality officials to serve the UNG student community," said Rob Kelly, coordinator for intramural sports and sports clubs at UNG. "We want all of our Intramural Sports teams and players to have positive and enjoyable experiences, and we think that providing quality student officials is a big part of that experience.”  

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