Later on Monday, attendees enjoyed a great cup or two of fresh brewed coffee courtesy of Core Health and Fitness before participating in the amazing Unified Sports experience with representatives from Special Olympics and Unified Sports athletes. Attendees got to learn more about the NIRSA’s recent partnership with Special Olympics while playing bocce ball and pickle ball with Unified Sports athletes.
After working up an appetite, nearly everyone grabbed lunch from the grab-and-go carts and enjoyed free ice cream thanks to Sasaki Associates. Many attendees then had a blast trying to deadlift more than Big D at the PLAE booth. Attendees also enjoyed great snacks, checked out what’s new in the world of suspension training, and did so much more in the Expo!
The NIRSA booth stayed busy throughout the Expo handing out duffle bags, pens, and Bluefish stress toys. The NIRSA booth was also the only place to enter to win the Star Trac Studio 3 Bike and Schwinn IP Pro 20 Bike donated by Core Health and Fitness. The grand prize winner of the Star Trac Studio 3 Bike was Nicole McKibben of South Dakota State University while Brynn Cox of Texas State University won the Schwinn IP Pro 20.
The NIRSA Recreational Sports Expo continues to be a monumental success year after year. Thanks to the support of our exhibitors, our 32 conference sponsors and NIRSA Partners, our volunteers, and attendees. We can’t wait do it all again and see you next year in National Harbor!
Looking forward to National Harbor
We hope this year’s “I write for NIRSA” conference campaign has reminded you of how wonderful your time in Kissimmee was and made you look forward to another fantastic conference in National Harbor, Maryland in 2017. In National Harbor, there will be even more amazing educational sessions, inspiring speakers, a great Expo Hall, and so many fun networking opportunities!
Consider joining the ongoing “I write for NIRSA” campaign—lend your voice to the Association and gain professional development by writing feature articles for the NIRSA News. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring your unique perspective to all Association members. We would love to hear from you! If you’re interested in writing for NIRSA, please contact NIRSA Communications Coordinator Nazifa Islam.
Members can relive some fantastic NIRSA 2016 memories by checking out the NIRSA Facebook page, and the @nirsalive Instagram and Twitter feeds; a search for the #NIRSA2016 hashtag will bring up great moments from Kissimmee. Photos taken by Steven Miller, NIRSA’s official conference photographer, will be available in a matter of weeks—keep an eye on the NIRSA News for that announcement!
The Gaylord Palms was the perfect place to reconnect with friends and colleagues, to reaffirm our commitment to our strategic values, to strengthen our core competencies, and to support the important work NIRSA members are doing every day in the collegiate recreation field. We had a wonderful time building “A Strong Core, A Bright Future” with our NIRSA family and cannot wait to see everyone again next February in National Harbor for NIRSA 2017!
If you have questions or comments about NIRSA 2016 or NIRSA 2017, please contact NIRSA Director of Professional Development Kristen Gleason.