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Making Kansas History, Carmen Doramus-Kinley – Spotlight Presented By Hutchinson Community College

For the first time in Kansas high school varsity football history, a female was the referee and crew chief.

Carmen Doramus-Kinley led the officiating crew at the Wamego at Clearwater game on October 14.

“If one little girl can see me on the field, might give her the courage to achieve any goals,” Doramus-Kinley said.

For 18 years Doramus-Kinley has been a multisport official, working several state championships in West Virginia and Kansas in basketball and volleyball. 

In 2019 Dormaus-Kinley started officiating football in Kansas, while still officiating volleyball and basketball. 

In 2020 Doramus-Kinley was the first official to officiate a playoff volleyball game as well as a playoff football game in the same day. 

Doramus-Kinley is not only officiating football at the high school level, but is also working at the NAIA and NJCAA level as well. 

In 2021 Doramus-Kinley was selected as the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference football rookie of the year and is currently working at the national level to help promote female officials in football, working with other female officials form the NCAA as well as the NFL, by meeting monthly to promote their craft. 

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