Student Recreation Center

Centennial Celebration at the SRC

February 19, 2013

Northridge--California State University, Northridge (CSUN) marks the centennial celebration of National Recreation and Sports Fitness Day.  CSUN will host National Recreation Sports and Fitness Day on Thursday Feb. 21 at the Student Recreation Center (SRC).   

“Recreational sports and fitness has been important to CSUN for many years,” said Jimmy Francis director of the Student Recreation Center. "We are excited to celebrate recreational sports and promote the importance of health and wellness of students.”

National Recreation Sports and Fitness Day was created in 1999 as the day to celebrate and share the great benefits of recreational sports, fitness and wellness around the U.S.  This year marks the centennial celebration for college recreation in this country. California State University, Northridge will join this celebration occurring nationwide at fitness and recreational centers from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This year’s activities include wellness trivia and tabling from the sports clubs and Master class with Terry Shorter the co-founder of R.I.P.P.E.D.,” said Francis. “Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the Klotz Health Center and University Counseling Services.”

Feb. 22, 1950 marked the founding date that the National Intramural Recreation and Sports Association was formed.  Dr. William Wasson, a biology professor and multi-sport coach at Dillard University received a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to study intramural programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). His study, titled “A Comparative Study of Intramural Programs in Negro Colleges,” helped to further the advancement of intramural programs worldwide. As a result of the study, Dr. Wasson organized a meeting with eleven African-American men and women intramural directors from HBCUs. The participants of this conference formed the National Intramural Association now known as National Intramural Recreation and Sport Fitness Association.

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