Ryon Receives NIRSA Scholarship

Chance Ryon head shot

Chance Ryon head shotChance Ryon, a second year graduate assistant in the Department of Fitness and Recreation, was recently awarded a scholarship by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) foundation board to fund his travel and attendance at the group’s annual meeting in Denver. In FitRec, Ryon serves on the Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee and assisted in the design and implementation of the new website as well as preparations for National Walking Day.

Ryon said, “This year was my second year serving as one of three student representatives on the NIRSA Assembly; the Assembly is a leadership group of about 20 recreation sports professionals and students chosen from universities across the United States and Canada. The Assembly focuses on ‘hot topics’ affecting the profession of rec sports for now and in the future. I, along with five other members of the Assembly, was charged to research the emerging topic of ‘Health and Wellbeing,’ and the positive impact it has on college campuses. Throughout the year we worked to put together a ‘resource guide’ that would provide higher education professionals with information on Health and Wellbeing, as well as to highlight health and wellbeing programs and facilities across college campuses.”

After compiling all of their research, the group’s guide was drafted and presented at the conference in Denver to more than 200 NIRSA members representing schools from the United States and Canada. The final version of the guide was recently published to the Association’s website and mentions Belmont’s participation in National Walking Day as an example of Campus Collaborations & Partnerships.