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On October 16, 2019, The North Carolina Athletic Official’s Association presented the DICK KNOX Distinguished Service Award to Donald Shields.

Shields, a resident of Scotland Neck, NC has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Shields was presented this award in recognition of his devoted service to and involvement with young student athletes across the state of North Carolina.


After 33 years of refereeing, Donald has retired due to health reasons. He has been a faithful participant in refereeing youth athletic games in football, basketball, and softball.

Shields was also inducted in the Halifax County, Hall of fame in 2019 for being one of the top players from Scotland Neck High School, graduating with the class of 1978.