Every year on February 22, NIRSA members celebrate Recreational Sports & Fitness Day in commemoration of NIRSA’s founding date. Rec Day is an opportunity to remember when Dr. William Wasson brought together 20 intramural directors from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to share his research on collegiate recreation. This historic day led to the start of NIRSA, an association beloved by so many individuals today.

What began as just 11 schools coming together to discuss intramural activity in 1950 is today a nation-wide phenomenon all about supporting the idea that recreation on campus matters and has value. Here are some glimpses at incredible creative 2019 #RecDay festivities from the world of Instagram!

Here is a thank you video that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville RecSports uploaded to give a shout out to all its amazing Rec Day participants.

Hofstra Recreation invited its campus to commemorate Rec Day with a game of bubble soccer—also offering Kan Jam, cornhole, and a three-point contest to anyone interested!

Schoolcraft College went above and beyond, celebrating Rec Week instead of just Rec Day.


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Thank you everyone who participated in Rec Week! We hope everyone had as much fun as we did! #fitness #recday #ocelotpride

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington held group fitness class LaBlast among its Rec Day activities. The class was packed with eager participants!


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LaBlast for Fri-Play with Campus Rec! Thank you to everyone who came out! #recday

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The University of Oregon held a swim meet to celebrate the occasion!

University of Washington Recreation hosted an evening full of fun Rec Day activities—something for everyone!

MIT Recreation put on a Glow Spin and Flow event for Rec Day—and from the photos it looks like participants had a blast!


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Glow spin and flow for #recday 2019 was a blast!! Thanks to everyone who came and glowed with us!! #mit

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And Central Washington University produced a video asking participants to answer the all-important question “How do you rec?”

This is just a small look at some of the great things rec departments across the country did to help make Rec Day a wonderful experience for the participants on their campuses. Check out the #recday hashtag across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to view even more examples of departments and individuals taking advantage of Rec Day 2019 to get moving in celebration of what Dr. William Wasson started so many years ago.

Thank you!

Thanks to our participating schools. Don’t see your school on the list? Let us know!

  • American University
  • Ashland University
  • Assumption College
  • Baylor University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Central Washington University
  • Charleston Southern University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Fairmont State University
  • Ferris State University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Fresno State University
  • Gannon University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harper College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College
  • Illinois State University
  • James Madison University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Miami University
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Oswego State University of New York
  • Penn State University
  • Providence College
  • Rice University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Salem State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jacinto College
  • Schoolcraft College
  • Shippensburg University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Ambrose University
  • Stetson University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tarleton State University
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Texas A&M University-International
  • Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Texas Southern University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Towson University
  • Trinity University
  • Tulane University
  • The University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Maryland – Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Oregon
  • University of the Pacific
  • The University of Rhode Island
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Tennessee Martin
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas at Tyler
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Washington State University
  • Whitworth University
  • Wichita State University
  • William Patterson University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Xavier University
  • Youngstown State University


  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Creative Director Cory Granholm.