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National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day is Feb. 22

CORVALLIS, OR -- Because many New Year’s resolutions to exercise regularly will be forgotten and forgone by early February, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is urging rec facility directors to give patrons a chance to reacquaint themselves with fitness and sports by celebrating National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day on Feb. 22. NIRSA sponsors the day to call national attention to the positive benefits that people of all ages enjoy when they participate in recreational sports, fitness activities and wellness programs.

In April 1999, NIRSA members passed a resolution to encourage an annual national celebration of its founding date, Feb. 22, 1950. This celebration promotes the benefits of participation in recreational sports and honors the representatives of 11 historically black colleges/universities who first met at Dillard University in New Orleans to form the National Intramural Association, NIRSA’s predecessor.

Here are just a few ways to celebrate and get media coverage.

Invite national/state experts, local physicians, health officials and other fitness professionals to join you.

  • Create social events by having your governor, state representatives, mayor, city council or campus officials proclaim February 22 National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day.
  • Conduct a fitness festival by organizing campus-wide faculty and student fitness activities, such as a walk or run.
  • NIRSA associate members can provide support with signs, banners, prizes and T-shirts for sport competitions.
  • Inspire people to start a new fitness activity by holding a public demonstration of martial arts, aerobics, tai chi, swimming, weightlifting or yoga.

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