New York State Federation Official, High-Level
Basketball Official in Every Venue She Officiates.
There’s a cool, calm, and confident air that surrounds Shanade. In this pod, we pull up at the fabled Lincoln Park in Queens, NY, where she discusses her start in cheerleading, her meaningful mentors that mean everything to her, and her pursuit to conquer all her goals, one whistle at a time. All that and more, my conversation with Shanade, now.
“Comin’ straight out of QB
Pushin an Infiniti
You ask me if I can rip it constantly? Mentally?
Definitely, to the death of me
Come and test me”
– Rapper Noyd
This podcast is dedicated to one of Shanade’s early champions and personal mentors, Rachelle Jones.
“There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see
That’s gonna make it hard to smile in the future.
But whatever you see,
Through all the rain and the pain,
You gotta keep your sense of humor.
You gotta be able to smile through all this bullsh*t.
Shanade’s Show Notes:
3:12: What was your relationship with sports growing up?
3:42: Where did you play basketball in high school?
4:08: Did you end up playing in college?
4:35: What was your relationship with basketball after college?
6:15: How did you get into officiating?
8:56: When did you feel like you were next up?
11:53: List your mentors, and how have they helped shape the way you help people after you?
14:42: Main differences between Men’s and Women’s Basketball?
15:48: Is it hard to toggle back and forth between all the rules?
17:02: Would you consider officiating another sport, and if so, what would it be?
17:35: Has anyone persuade you to do another sport?
18:56: What are your plans for the duration of summer, in terms of officiating?
20:40: What do you think it took to get to where you are as an official today?22:48: What do you think it’s going to take to where you want to go, and where do you want to go?
23:55: What’s the stickiest situation you’ve ever been in as a basketball official?
28:50: What’s your best moment as an official?
30:04: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
31:10: Final words before we part ways!
“And could I be a star?
Does fame in this game have to change who you are?
Or could I be the same one who came from a far away life
Just to make it in these Broadway lights?
Now I’m shining in the broad daylight, go figure.”
– J. Cole