NIRSA and all the members of the Championship Series Committee are proud to announce the newly established Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award. This annual award will celebrate the dedication of a NIRSA Championship Series volunteer who by their commitment to The Series through service to the NIRSA Services Corporation has embodied the spirit of Sarah Fain.

To be presented each year during the NIRSA Annual Conference, this award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional performance in leadership and development of NIRSA Championship Series programs, policies, events, special projects, or committees.

The recipient will be honored with a handsome award during the NSC “Thank You” Social at the NIRSA Annual Conference, and be recognized in the conference program and other promotional materials.

Nominations are open until January 8

To learn more about nomination eligibility and selection criteria and to submit your nomination, please visit the awards page of the NIRSA website.

The deadline to submit nomination materials is January 8, 2018.

A lasting legacy

Countless students and professionals have been positively affected by Sarah’s passion for collegiate recreation and for NIRSA. Brooke Turner, RCRSP, Associate Director of Programs at the University of Alabama and former Chair of the NIRSA Championship Series, shares her excitement about the new award:

“It’s exciting that the NIRSA Championship Series has an annual award to celebrate impactful volunteers who have contributed their time and efforts over numerous years and fitting that it be named for Sarah Fain. She worked tirelessly at tournaments on creating the best experience for participants and staff. Her dedication to The Series was immense and this award is a lovely way to honor her efforts, character, and passion for the NIRSA Championship Series.”

Honor Sarah’s memory by nominating a qualified colleague today.

  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Leadership Coordinator Lani Beavers.
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Lani Sherman was the Leadership Programs Coordinator at NIRSA.