Zerrell Stallings and Qur-an Webb are the co-founders of the Association of Black Sports Officials. The Association of Black Sports Officials was conceived in 2016 following an incident of unfair practices of evaluation and elevation of black officials on a high school sports official board in Connecticut. In the ABSO infancy, we were able to advocate on the behalf of black officials. With only two members (co-founders), this was able to successfully shift improving the equality amongst black officials. Also was intricate in rewriting bylaws and policies for said board.
As of January 2018, the Association of Black Sports Officials have formally submitted application to be recognized. ABSO is set to bring equality for all black official/umpires across all sports on all levels. ABSO is design to be a voice of advocacy for black officials providing support and resources to male/female alike as members of the association. Along with fighting the good fight, ABSO will develop a platform to fund educational programs including youth sports officials/umpires training, scholarships and charity events to contribute to the community enrichment.