Tucsonan Nadi Carey makes history as part of all-female ref crew in NJCAA title game

Almost a year after Nadi Carey made headlines becoming a contestant on NBC’s Titan Games (Season 2), she topped that accomplishment Saturday by making college basketball officiating history.

Carey, a former standout basketball player at Flowing Wells, CDO and Pima College, was part of the first all-female officiating crew to work an NJCAA Division I championship game when Northwest Florida State beat Trinity Valley 67-60 at Lubbock, Texas.

The first all-female officiating crew to work an NJCAA Division I championship game — from left to right: Sandy Sundine, Nadi Carey and Kara Crossett (NJCAA photo)

“Everyday I just try and be the best version of myself in everything I do, whether that’s officiating, personal training, competing in competitions, playing basketball and making my family proud,” mentioned Carey, who is the older sister of former CDO and Arizona running back standout Ka’Deem Carey.

“At first I had no idea I was making history, I just put my head down, kept my faith high, worked hard and found myself making history.”

Nadi worked the championship game with Sandy Sundine and Kara Crossett.

Nadi Carey is only seven years removed from her playing career and is officiating college basketball games (NJCAA photos)

Her officiating career included mostly high school games after her playing career came to an end almost seven years ago. In the last couple of years, she started to work college games, including NCAA Division I games with the Big Sky.

While elevating her status in college officiating she also trained for the Titan Games and competed with host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson looking on. After that experience, Nadi (pronounced NAH-dee) started her personal fitness training business called “Bodi by Nature.”

Nadi, who is also a firefighter, is originally from East Orange, N.J., but has lived most of her life in Tucson.

“Success is becoming an addiction for me and I will continue to make Arizona and Jersey proud,” she said.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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