NIRSA Assembly

NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award


The NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the NIRSA Foundation and its mission.

The first NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award was presented at the 2013 NIRSA Annual Conference to honor those who have demonstrated exceptional contributions of time, talent, and treasure to the NIRSA Foundation and its mission over a sustained period of time. It recognizes a person or group that has provided leadership to the Association through active participation in fulfilling the NIRSA Foundation’s important work of providing support and meaningful opportunities for leaders in collegiate recreation.

Honor an outstanding individual or group who has made a significant difference to the future of our profession and our NIRSA Family by nominating them for the NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award. The award will be presented each year at the NIRSA Annual Conference.

Nominations are due on November 15, 2019.

Applications open on August 12 and are due on November 15, 2019.


To be eligible for nomination, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold current membership in NIRSA (former members who have retired from the profession retain their eligibility)
  • Provide consistent, long-term financial support for the NIRSA Foundation and its mission as a donor for at least 5 years and/or as a donor with a cumulative giving level of Platinum or higher
    • Note: The membership and donation criteria will be confirmed by NIRSA staff before sending applications to the NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award Committee.
  • Exemplify extraordinary support for the NIRSA Foundation and its mission.

Selection Criteria

NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award recipients exhibit outstanding dedication to the NIRSA Foundation and its mission. Your nomination should address your nominee’s qualifications within as many of the following areas as possible:

  • Exhibits outstanding volunteer service and/or leadership to the NIRSA Foundation
  • Participates regularly in NIRSA Foundation volunteer and/or event opportunities
    • Volunteer activities include but are not limited to serving on a NIRSA Foundation committee and/or fundraising at a state or regional conference, NIRSA Championship Series event, NIRSA school or institute, etc.
    • Event activities include fundraising activities at the Annual Conference: Mark E. Fletcher Fun Run/Walk, Golf Tournament, Quilt Raffle, T-Shirt Sale, Polar Plunge, Corporate Auction, etc.
  • Actively works toward and/or supports one or more of the NIRSA Foundation’s four fields of interest: research, leadership, student officials’ development, and scholarships
  • Exemplifies strong character and specifically embodies one or more of NIRSA’s six strategic values
  • Enhances the visibility, awareness, or impact of the NIRSA Foundation

Additional admirable characteristics that will be considered:

  • NIRSA Foundation Legacy Society member
  • Volunteerism with public or civic organizations
  • Honors and awards

Previous Recipients

2019 – Thomas Kirch

2018 – Loretta Capra

2017 – Stan Campbell

2016 – Will Holsberry

2015 – Dave Koch

2014 – Tom Dison

2013 – Darcy & Bob Bingham
(Read more about inaugural recipients Darcy & Bob Bingham)

For More Info

Contact Kelley Hungerford, NIRSA Foundation Coordinator.