Athletic Business and NIRSA are committed to empowering the future generation of campus recreation professionals! To that end, we’re looking for junior, senior, and graduate-level students working in campus recreation and who hope to stay within the industry post-graduation. We want to hear these students’ stories!

We believe that emerging students working in campus recreation have a fresh perspective on the industry, and we want to offer them a platform to share their insights and experiences. Eligible students are invited to submit an article before Friday, October 16 based on their experience getting involved working in campus recreation, what they have learned working in campus recreation, and what campus rec at their school will look like in the future.

Next generation of campus rec contest

Benefits for students

Eight students will be selected to have their articles published in a standard issue of Athletic Business, a highly regarded industry publication, in 2021. This year, all eight winners will receive a free full-conference pass to AB Show 2021 (October 27-30 in San Antonio! Published students will receive up to ten contributor copies of the issue with their published—which can be a great addition to student portfolios.

Additionally, published students will be granted an Instagram takeover of AB’s account for a day during the month of their published article debut. This is a great opportunity for students to chronicle for the AB audience what a day-in-the-life of working in campus rec looks like, showcase some of their favorite spots around their facilities, or give an up-close look at some of their exciting programs. Your contributions will remain as a highlight for the remainder of the year.

One grand-prize winner will also receive a $200 check.

Share this opportunity with your students

Directors and other professionals working in campus recreation are encouraged to share this opportunity with their undergraduate and graduate student-employee colleagues who anticipate graduating between December 2020 and May 2021 and who are looking to stay within the industry after graduating. Marketing resources are available on the Athletic Business website.

  • If you are interested in highlighting your campus or a NIRSA member’s achievements on your campus, pitch us your ideas.