Refereeing basketball took me to different places around Scotland, Europe and Canada. I think one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to meet new people with different experiences, of all ages and from all walks of life. The officiating community is very diverse, and you get to know some amazing people you never would have met without officiating basketball. I think friendships I made on the court is probably my #1 reason to keep coming back.
Workwise I think that self-development and continuous improvement in the areas like decision making, communication, people management and working under pressure are the biggest benefits for my professional life. Some of the character-building attributes of officiating can be applied in a professional environment at a workplace and look great on a CV.