Frank Cardascia, who worked three sports for more than 30 years, is calling it a career.
Cardascia, a charter NASO member, is 75 and still in fairly good shape, but knew it was time to call it a career after his final game in 2012. He served as the president of the Metropolitan Football Association in New York City and Long Island.
"I knew I couldn't do the things I wanted to do the way I wanted to do them," he said. "I didn't want to go out there (on to the field) and not be able to do it correctly."
Cardascia has been a referee for the past seven or eight seasons and was the linesman on his crew for more than 30 years. He's proud of his NASO membership.
"When I heard about NASO getting started, it was something I wanted to be involved with and very pleased to have been a member all these years," he said. "I was able to use a lot of materials to help out our board."
Cardascia also spent 32 years as a member of IAABO Board 52, working high school basketball, and 35 years with the Bronx Umpires Alliance as a baseball umpire.
In retirement, he still plans to be involved.
"I'll give what I can back to our organization," he said. "I'll answer questions and help out in any way that I can."