Recreation Professional Associations

National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) - NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports.

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) - The NRPA is dedicated to educating professionals and the public on the essential nature of parks and recreation. Through learning opportunities, research, and communications initiatives, we strive to generate significant public support for our movement in order to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) - The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) - The AAHPERD’s mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.

North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) - The NASSM is actively involved in supporting and assisting professionals working in the fields of sport, leisure and recreation.

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) - The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) exists to promote, stimulate, and encourage the sociological study of play, games, sport and contemporary physical culture.

National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) - The NAGWS develops and delivers equitable and quality sport opportunities for ALL girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies, and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) - The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is the non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for best practices in quality physical education and sport.


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