CORVALLIS, OR -- The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) will call national attention to the many positive benefits that people of all ages enjoy when they participate in recreational sports, fitness activities and wellness programs, on February 22 for National Rec Sports and Fitness Day.

In April 1999, NIRSA members passed a resolution to begin this annual celebration held on NIRSA’s founding date of February 22, 1950. The celebration also 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.