By Cindy Cowden, Associate Director of Facilities and Internal Operations at SUNY at Binghamton University and Chair of the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee

Every year, NIRSA recognizes exceptional NIRSA-member-institution facilities with the Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards. These awards recognize the innovative designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities at NIRSA member institutions. Every three years, the Association adds an outdoor facilities category to the list of OSF Awards—and 2016 is just such a year. And while the deadline to apply for indoor construction and renovation projects has passed, there is still time to submit your firm’s or your school’s outdoor development efforts to be considered for a 2016 NIRSA Outstanding Outdoor Sports Facilities Award by the new extended deadline: 5:00pm PST on Monday, November 30.

Awards will be conferred to institutions for outdoor facilities that have been built or renovated since November of 2012. Please review the eligibility requirements and criteria for more details. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate NIRSA member achievements and help to raise the standard of outdoor facility excellence across the profession.

The NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee is looking forward to highlighting facilities of merit at the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL from April 3–6. So don’t wait, submit an application today!


For more information about the 2016 Outstanding Outdoor Sports Facilities Award or about submitting an application, please contact NIRSA Headquarters or  NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee Chair Cindy Cowden.