NIRSA Cancels Annual College Rec Conference | Athletic Business

NIRSA Cancels Annual College Rec Conference

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and recommendations from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the place-based 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo will not take place in Phoenix, Ariz., this year as planned.

The decision to cancel the conference was made within a context of the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, feedback from campus recreation leadership groups, and the consideration for the safety of our attendees.

NIRSA is exploring new ways to connect members for education opportunities and social interaction. Alternatives are under discussion and NIRSA will keep members updated with these new ideas through future communications.


Modified cancellation and refund options will be initiated by NIRSA HQ and emailed directly to registered attendees and exhibitors later this week. Updates will also be shared on the NIRSA 2020 website.


If you reserved lodging through NIRSA’s room block, the reservation will be automatically cancelled without fees or penalties. If you reserved lodging outside of NIRSA’s room block, you need to cancel your reservation with your lodging provider on your own.

Contact NIRSA

Please contact NIRSA if you have immediate questions about the cancellation of NIRSA 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you are an exhibitor or have questions about the Campus Rec & Wellness Expo, please contact Heidi Hurley (

If you are a presenter, please contact Kristen Gleason (

All other inquiries can be directed to Mary Callender (

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