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National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)

National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)

NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports.


The mission of NIRSA is to provide for the education and development of professional and student members and to foster quality recreational programs, facilities, and services for diverse populations. NIRSA demonstrates its commitment to excellence by utilizing resources that promote ethical and healthy lifestyle choices.


NIRSA was established in 1950, when Dr. William Wasson convened a meeting of 22 African-American men and women from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Dillard University in New Orleans.


Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA now includes nearly 4,000 highly trained professional, student, and associate members throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. Serving an estimated 5.5 million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs, NIRSA members are actively engaged in many areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs.


Contacting NIRSA
4185 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333-1067
541-766-8211 (phone)
541-766-8284 (fax)

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