NIRSA member institutions are committed to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students. And we know that thoughtfully designed, dedicated recreational facilities are at the heart of many campuses and these facilities play an important role in both student recruitment and retention.

Now is the time to submit applications for the 2018 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Award! If your campus has opened, renovated, or expanded a recreational facility between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2017, your school is eligible to apply for this prestigious award.

The Outstanding Sports Facilities  Award recognizes facilities that demonstrate innovation in many areas, including architectural design, construction materials, functionality, and use of technology.

Review the eligibility and selection criteria and see if your school’s new or renovated facility is eligible to apply. Please note that a collaborative application with input from the institution and the architectural firm is highly recommended.

Applications are due on November 1, 2017.

See related: NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities from 2017, 2016, and 2015

The Outstanding Sports Facilities Committee is looking forward to presenting this award at the 2018 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo in Denver, CO, March 4-7. We hope to see you there!

  • For more information, contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Membership, Emily Hughes.

Silvia Chan is the Senior Associate Director of University of Connecticut Recreation and currently serves as the Chair of the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee. She can be reached at