NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports.

NIRSA was established in 1950, when Dr. William Wasson convened a meeting of 22 African-American men and women from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA now includes nearly 4,000 highly trained professional, student and associate members throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. Serving an estimated 5.5 million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs, NIRSA members are actively engaged in many areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs.