NIRSA Foundation

T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale

Back by popular demand! Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy. Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design and overall visual appeal.

The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference.

All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation.


  • T-shirts and other items must represent events that occurred between April 2016 and February 2017.
  • T-shirts may be either short or long sleeved. Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are considered short sleeved.
  • Designs may be one or more colors.
  • The number of entries is unlimited.
  • If you wish an item to be considered for more than one category, you must enter each category separately and provide the correct number of samples. Two shirts must be submitted for each entry.
  • Non-T-shirt entries will only be considered as donations and will not be judged.

Contest Categories

T-shirts will be judged in each of the following categories:

  • Fitness & Leisure
  • Humorous
  • Intramurals
  • One-Color Screen
  • Outdoor
  • Special Events
  • Sport Clubs
  • Staff (lifeguard, officials, etc.)

A Best of Show will be awarded amongst the first place winners from each of the T-shirt categories.


Donations are greatly appreciated for non-t-shirt items such as jackets, sweatshirts, cups, hats, etc.  These items will be available for sale once the t-shirt competition has been finalized.

Entry Process

Bring your completed entry forms with you for a quick check-in. Entries will be accepted at the Foundation Table located in the Conference Center Lobby near registration during these times:

  • Monday, February 20: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 21: 8:00am – 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, February 22: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, February 22 by 1:00pm.

Judging will take place from 1:30pm-3:30pm on Wednesday, February 22.

T-Shirt & Apparel Sale

T-shirt submittal items will be available for purchase at the Foundation Table near registration during the following times:

  • Tuesday, February 21: 8:00am – 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, February 22: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, February 23: 8:00am – 4:45pm

The sale will continue as long as supplies last on Friday, February 24 at the Foundation Table

Donated items will go on sale as soon as they are available (February 21). All items will be on-sale while supplies last.

T-Shirt & Apparel Competition Winners

The T-Shirt & Apparel Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30pm and ribbons will be available at the Foundation Table on Thursday, February 23 beginning at 9:00am.

T-Shirt Quilt Raffle

This year’s one-of-a-kind quilt drawing will occur at the Closing General Session, Friday, February 24.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the conference up until the Closing General Session.  Tickets may be purchased at the NIRSA Foundation Table and from 2017 NIRSA Foundation scholarship recipients. The quilt, designed and quilted by Mr. Roy Easley, is a display of the winning T-shirt from the 2016 T-shirt Competition.