National Recreation Sports & Fitness Day
Winston-Salem State University
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
UREC celebrates NIRSA’s National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day on February 22. This program focuses on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs. Each year UREC programs special events to promote health and wellness.
In 1999 NIRSA designated this celebration which represents its founding day. On February 22, 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized twenty African-American intramural directors from eleven Historically Black Colleges to attend the first Intramural Conference at Dillard University in New Orleans. The National Intramural Association (NIA) was formed. Dr. Wasson served as the first President of the association and is considered the founder of the NIRSA. The NIA eventually became the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in 1975.
Today, there are more than 4,000 members at more than 700 campus and universities, as well as at U.S. military installations, public park and recreation departments, correctional facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and private enterprises. NIRSA is a non-profit membership organization that leads in many recreational sports areas: training and professional development, intramural sports, fitness programming, sports clubs, recreation facilities, outdoor recreation, wellness programs, informal recreation, and aquatic programs. WSSU is an institutional member of the NIRSA.