Rec Center wins Outstanding Sports Facility award

Corvallis, OR, Feb. 12, 2009 — The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), the pioneer in organized recreation programs for colleges and universities, is proud to announce the six recipients of its 2009 Outstanding Sports Facilities (OSF) awards.

NIRSA began presenting annual OSF awards for creative, innovative designs of new or expanded facilities in 1988. Each winner is considered a standard or model by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured and from which others can benefit. NIRSA selects and publishes information on these facilities as a resource for campus master planners, recreational sports directors, designers, architects, contractors, and recreational sports students.
The winners for 2009, listed alphabetically by institution, are: 
  • Colorado School of Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Springfield College Wellness Center
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Student Recreation Center
  • The University of Texas- Pan American Recreation & Wellness Center
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio Recreation & Wellness Center
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Student Recreation & Wellness Center
"These six facilities represent the very best and the very latest in collegiate recreational centers," said Jeff Huskey, director of Campus Recreation at Stephen F. Austin State University and Chair of NIRSA's 2008-2009 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award Selection Committee, which oversees the award process. "These facilities not only provide a location for physical activity, but also create a sense of community on their campus. The students who utilize these fantastic facilities are more successful academically and are more satisfied with their overall college experience."
Recent research backs him up. A 2004 study commissioned by NIRSA and conducted by Kerr & Downs found that participation in recreational sports programs and activities is a key determinant of college satisfaction, success, recruitment, and retention.
To be eligible for an Outstanding Sports Facilities Award, the facility must belong to a NIRSA member institution, must be no more than two years old, total construction costs (excluding design and land fees) must be at least $2 million, and the facility must be more than 20,000 square feet.
The judges are recreational sports directors from member institutions and designers or architects who are associate members. They evaluate each facility on the following criteria: correlation to the campus master plan and mission; intended and actual impact on the recreational program; unique aesthetic or architectural features; the relationship between facility design and staffing; innovative construction materials or methods; sustainable features; and technological benefits for the customer, staff or budget.
Winners of this prestigious award will be recognized at the NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Exposition April 1-4, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)
NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA was established in 1950 at a meeting of 22 African-American men and women from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Dillard University. 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.
Katherine Otten, NIRSA Assistant Director of Marketing
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Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist
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