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S.O.S partners with Ref Life

Sport Officials Surrendered (S.O.S) is excited to announce that we have partnered with Ref Life to be the official clothing brand of REF Conference.

Ref Life creates “premium athletic apparel for every official in all elite sports.” As per the partnership, Ref Life will have a presence and will have gear available for sale at REF (Referees Embracing Faith) Conference 2019 as well as other S.O.S functions.

Representatives of Ref Life and S.O.S at REF Conference 2018

Founded by Tanesha Wilkins and Ken Wappes, Ref Life is faith-based and was hatched out of inspiration from the words of Ephesians 6:11, which says to put on the full armor of God and stand firm.

S.O.S co-founder Dan DiFolco had this to say:

“We are very pleased to partner with Ref Life. With their clothing geared towards officials of faith, Ref Life shares our passion to help officials share and express their faith through officiating.”

Ref Life and S.O.S had their first conversations at REF Conference 2018, and Ref Life co-founder Ken Wappes said that there was an immediate connection.

“Upon meeting Dan and Alicia at the inaugural REF Conference, it was glaringly obvious that we would develop a long-lasting relationship with S.O.S,” Wappes said. “We believe in what S.O.S is doing, and look forward to the day we stand with 10,000 sports officials embracing faith at REF Conference,” he said.

Ref Life is extending a limited time Christmas promotional offer to S.O.S subscribers of 15% off plus a complementary Ref Life sport band for online purchases from now until December 31. Enter the discount code: “XMAS18” when purchasing through the store at

To learn more about Ref Life, visit their website as well as their social platforms; RefLifeGear on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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About REF Conference:

Launched in 2018, S.O.S believes that REF Conference will become the annual gathering place for all Christian sport officials glorify God in unity through worship and teaching from some of the most accomplished officials in sport that is uniquely relatable to sport officials of faith. REF Conference 2018, hosted by retired NBA referee Steve Javie, saw close to 100 officials gather at the Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, TX to hear from officials including NBA referee Pat Fraher, NCAA Div. 1 basketball referee Darron George, retired NBA referee Ed Rush Sr. and retired NCAA Division 1 basketball coach Homer Drew.

Details regarding REF Conference 2019 are being finalized. S.O.S is expecting representatives from new sports in 2019.

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