Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

Christina Snead has dedicated almost her whole life to sports.

The 41-year-old Godwin native has never strayed too far from the field, the court or the pool since the days she took up organized sports in junior high.

“I was just a straight-up tomboy from the country,” Snead said. “I played basketball, softball, ran track. I played against the boys a lot.”

As an adult, she checked off semi-professional basketball, flag and full-contact football, taught swimming and organized a host of intramural sports.

Her latest involvement in athletics has come in the form of officiating football games at the recreation, high school and collegiate level, a task she’s taken on for almost 15 years.

Last month, Snead made history by becoming the first woman to officiate a NCHSAA state football championship game, lining up as part of the crew for the 2-AA final held in Kenan Stadium on Dec. 9.

“Honestly, I didn’t really believe it when (referee Tony Haire) called to tell me,” Snead said. “I was like, ‘You’re kidding me, right?’”

Snead, a 1994 Cape Fear graduate, holds degrees in exercise sport science and sports administration from UNC Pembroke.

She’s now an instructor at Fayetteville State, teaching swimming and first aid/CPR in the university’s Health and Wellness department.

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