By Sarah Leskovec

Recreation facilities play an integral role in how students participate in collegiate recreation.  Innovative designs significantly improve visitor’s experiences and contribute to their developing lifelong habits of health and wellness.

Every year, NIRSA recognizes exceptional NIRSA member institution facilities with the Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards.  These awards acknowledge the cutting edge designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate rec facilities. They honor facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, which include architectural design, functionality, and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. Outdoor facility construction and renovation projects will also be considered for awards this year!

Award recipients are regarded as examples to follow within the profession and throughout the greater architectural and facilities construction communities. Celebrate your facility construction or renovation by submitting an application for a NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Award! Your facility could be recognized at the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo in Kissimmee, Florida from April 3–6.

Eligibility and selection criteria and a list of past recipients are available on the NIRSA website.  Applications are due Tuesday, November 3—submit one today!


For more information about the Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards, please contact the Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee Chair Cindy Cowden.