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ERSL Conference has been postponed to April 28-30, 2022

2022 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference

Moving Forward—Together

Postponed to April 28-30, 2022
Delaware State University

Due to uncertainties caused by the Omicron variant and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference originally scheduled for February 17-19, 2022, has been postponed until April 28-30, 2022.

Learn about new career opportunities in the field of collegiate recreation through informational sessions and presentations in a supportive learning environment.

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About the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference

The educational and professional opportunities at the ERSL Conference are both broad-based and in-depth — from mock interviews with established collegiate recreation administrators to presentations on the changing landscape of recreational sports careers in our current economy.

In 1992, the office of intramural sports at the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale established the first Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference to encourage a strong future of leadership for minority students in the field of collegiate recreation. The goal of the ERSL Conference has ever since been to provide minority students who are interested in careers in collegiate recreation with the tools and connections needed to succeed in this dynamic field.

With educational programming, opportunities for mentorship, and a platform for career networking, this unique conference empowers young minority students with the skills and knowledge that lay the foundation to building meaningful careers in the field of collegiate recreation. The ERSL Conference encourages diversity in our association in an effort to better reflect the populations and demographics that NIRSA members serve.

  • A mix of live and on-demand sessions will be launched from February 1-19, 2021.
  • Registrants will have access to all recordings through April 2, 2021.

  • Mock interviews will help you prepare for finding the right career path.

  • Free for all students

  • Free for all NIRSA Members, including students and staff at NIRSA Institutional Member schools.

  • Only $25 for professionals.

Conference Schedule

Please check back in late January for the schedule outline.

Registration is open!

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Register by March 16, 2022 for best pricing

Registration Pricing & Details

More information about registering for this in-person event is coming soon.

Apply for a Scholarship to Attend the ERSL Conference

The NIRSA Foundation Founders Endowment was established in honor of the twenty African American Founders of NIRSA. The Founders Endowment supports registration scholarships to attend NIRSA educational events and one registration award to a professional and student to attend ERSL. This year the NIRSA Foundation Founders Endowment is awarding two registration scholarships (one student & one professional) to attend the 2022 ERSL Conference.

The 2022 Application deadline is February 25, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants currently attending or working at an HBCU, but the winner will be selected at random through a name picker program. Applicants will be notified via email of their selection status by March 1, 2022. If you’ve previously registered for the event and win the scholarship we will work with you on registration reimbursement.

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Conference Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites Dover by Marriott

655 N Dupont Hwy • Dover, DE 19901 • 302-677-0900 • Website • Map & Directions

Rates & Reservations

ERSL Room Rate: $114 + tax

Please check back soon for room block details.

NIRSA encourages all Conference attendees to reserve their hotel accommodations within the NIRSA room block. NIRSA relies on strong room block usage to secure ample meeting space, increase negotiation leverage for future institutes, and offset event expenses.


Looking for a roommate? The best way to match with a roommate is to post that you are looking for one in the 2022 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference Connect Community; once registered you’ll be added to the community.


The best airport to fly into is the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). It is about an hour from the airport to the host hotel and university.


Delaware State University is providing some shuttle transportation between PHL airport and host hotel. Those dates/times will be available soon.

Special thanks to the 2021 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Committee

  • Candice Douglas, ERSLC Co-Chair, Western Kentucky University
  • Kevin Martin, ERSLC Co-Chair, University of California-Riverside
  • Charles Judkins
  • Corbin Ross, UCLA
  • Anja Shelton, Austin Peay State University
  • Trevon Walker, Texas State University
  • Deja’Nay Gilliam, University of California-Davis
  • Chrystina Wyatt

The 2021 ERSL Conference is a NIRSA CEU Approved Provider Program. The program(s) identified with a CEU value meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals (RCRSP) designation. RCRSPs are responsible for tracking CEUs earned. Email with questions.


For more information, please contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Professional Development Brittany Rejda.