Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards

Increasingly, research is linking robust recreational programs, facilities, and services with student success and satisfaction in higher education. State-of-the art facilities have demonstrated their capacity to greatly enhance the overall student experience, thereby boosting recruitment and improving retention.

The NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards recognize the innovative designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities of NIRSA Member Institutions. Celebrate your exceptional facility by submitting an application for the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards. Awards are conferred to institutions for facilities that have been built or renovated in the previous year and a half.  Please review the eligibility requirements for more details. 

Presented each year at the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, awards will honor facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, including architectural design, functionality, and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. Winning facilities exemplify the institution's commitment to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students.

Recipient institutions receive a plaque commemorating their achievement; designated architects receive a spire; additional collaborators are honored with a certificate by request; and winning facilities along with collaborators are prominently displayed on the NIRSA website. Winning facilities are considered a standard by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured, and from which others can benefit.

Be sure to review the eligibility guidelines and selection criteria before applying. Don't miss this opportunity to have your facility recognized by NIRSA!

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For more info

Contact NIRSA Leadership Programs Assistant, Sarah Leskovec, or Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee Chair, Mark Howard.