Director of Recreational Sports John Sweeney recognized for excellence by NIRSA

John Sweeney, director of recreational sports, received an Award of Merit from the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

The Regional Awards of Merit honor individuals who have been innovative and dedicated pioneers in the field of collegiate recreation. These awards acknowledge the exceptional performance and dedication of NIRSA members.

NIRSA shared Sweeney’s accomplishment on its website, “John is a Region III veteran and has been an outstanding mentor to scores of students and professionals. He continues to promote NIRSA programs and services, especially those related to club and intramural sports.”

Sweeney came to Marquette in 1978 as the intramural director. After two years, he became an assistant director. In 2007, he became the director of recreational sports, the position he currently holds. As director, he is responsible for overseeing and providing leadership for Marquette’s campus recreation program.

“I am very honored and extremely thankful to have received this award. I have been a member of this professional organization for more than 40 years and to now join the list of previous recipients that I have admired for so many years is a humbling experience.”

Sweeney received a bachelor’s in recreation administration from the College of Idaho. He earned a master’s in education from Texas Tech University and a certificate of management from Marquette.

NIRSA comprises and supports leaders in collegiate recreation. NIRSA seeks to recognize collegiate recreation as a powerful key to inspiring wellness in local, regional and global communities. As college and university students develop into future leaders, NIRSA members support their growth by fostering lifelong habits of well-being.

Since its founding in 1950, NIRSA membership has grown to comprise nearly 4,500 professionals, students and businesses, serving an estimated 8.1 million students.

For a full list of Regional Award of Merit recipients, visit NIRSA’s website.