His Success Started At The Club


One former Club kid who stands out in several categories is Mike Carey, an NFL referee, sports broadcaster, inventor and entrepreneur born in 1949. In 2008, he became the first Oakes alumnus to be inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame. He was lauded in these words:”NFL referee Mike Carey is respected throughout the league for his professionalism, preparation and sense of fair play – values made real at the William J. Oakes Boys Club, which he joined at the age of eight”

After high school, Carey was a running back at Santa Clara University, where he graduated in 1971 with a B.S. in Biology. An ankle injury ended his playing career, but opened up a new world of possibilities. Beginning his officiating career with Pop Warner games in 1972, then moving up to the college level, Carey was hired by the NFL in 19890, becoming the second African-American NFL referee. In 2008, he became the first Africa-American to be head referee for a Super Bowl. Carey reffed memorable games and was highly regarded y fellow ref and players alike. His focus on social justice led him to decline officiating games that involved the Washington Redskins, an action protest against the derogatory team name and logo.

After retiring from officiating in 2014, Carey became a football analyst for CBS Sports. He and his wife co-own Seirus Innovation, a snow sports accessories company. Among his several patented products is “Cat Tracks,” which slips over the sole of a ski boot to provide increased traction when walking. 

Excerpt from our ""Against The Grain"" book.
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