NIRSA Rec Day | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Come spend time with Recreational Services as we celebrate Rec Day! This annual day of commemoration, also known as National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, was established to focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs to people of all ages. It also represents the founding day of the collegiate recreation association, NIRSA (formerly the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association). Learn more about NIRSA and Rec Day  here. While there is only one official Rec Day, February 22, we would like you to join us at this month's Rec After Dark event on Friday, February 28th to celebrate!


What is NIRSA?

Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association) 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. University of Iowa Recreational Services is a NIRSA member.


History of NIRSA

On February 22, 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized twenty African-American men and women intramural directors from eleven Historically Black Colleges to attend the first Intramural Conference at Dillard University in New Orleans.  The National Intramural Association (NIA) was formed.  Dr. Wasson served as the first President of the association and is considered the founder of the NIRSA.  The NIA eventually became the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in 1975.  February 22 is now the National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day (also known as Rec Day) and is celebrated across college campuses throughout the country