The Department of Recreational Sports is celebrating NIRSA’s National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day on Friday, February 22. This day was established to focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs to Americans of all ages. It also represents the founding day of the NIRSA.
On February 22, 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized twenty African-American men and women 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 on more than 700 campus and universities, as well as on U.S. military installations, in public park and recreation departments, correctional facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and private enterprise. The 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. UIS is an institutional member of the NIRSA.
Events are available to all UIS students and employees!
All participants will receive a Rec Sports Live Well wristband and automatically enter into drawings for prizes!
All events are held in TRAC!
Schedule of Events
Wii Table Tennis
Each participant will try to return as many serves as possible. Each returned serve will count as one point and if the participant is able to hit the cup of ball, they will receive three extra points. If the participant fails to return the ball, the game will be over.
Ironman and Woman Competition
Show off your muscular strength by entering into this competition! There will be separate divisions and weight classes. Participants will compete in the following lifts: Max Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift.
Mini Tri Experience
Take the 6 minute experience by participating in the Mini Tri. Participants will spend 2 minutes on each machine (upper body ergometer, bike, and treadmill) and record distance. Results of the top 5 male and top 5 female participants will be posted throughout the day.
Fundamental Friday – Squash Shot
Join us for the weekly Fundamental Friday competition! Whether you are coming from class, going to class, or just looking for something to do on your lunch break, come participate in Fundamental Friday and take advantage of this fun opportunity.
Improve your dance moves while getting a great cardio workout. This class is appropriate for every level of fitness and incorporates simple elements of dance from Salsa and Merengue to Pop and Hip-Hop!
Each participant will play 3 holes of Frisbee Golf. Each throw or penalty will count as one stroke.
Wii 3-Point Contest
Each participant will have one minute to make as many 3-point shots as possible. There will be five different locations with five balls at each location. Each ball will count as one point, except the last ball which counts as two.
Wii Nerf Archery Contest
Each participant will have a chance to shoot three arrows at four different targets of increasing distances. Points will be determined on how close the arrows are from the center of the target.
Mini Tri Experience (Take II)
This is your second opportunity to take the 6 minute experience by participating in the Mini Tri. Participants will spend 2 minutes on each machine (upper body ergometer, bike, and treadmill) and record distance. Results of the top 5 male and top 5 female participants will be posted throughout the day.
A unique mix of Yoga and Pilates that dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels, and performs.
Lower Body Blast
Squat, lunge, and pulse your way through this class; which targets the muscle groups below the waist.
Ironman and Woman Competition, Take II
This is your second chance to enter into the Iron Man lifting competition. Show off your muscular strength by entering into this competition!
3v3 Basketball Tournament
Join us for our 3v3 basketball tournaments. There will be divisions for men’s, women’s, and Co-Rec.
COME CELEBRATE WITH US!