Expo Sponsored by:
Hart School
Gym Source
Life Fitness

James Madison University Recreation will host the 2017 VRSA Conference October 5 and 6, 2017, at UREC in Harrisonburg, VA. The 2017 VRSA Conference is a unique opportunity where Virginia and surrounding area institutions gather to share knowledge, skills, and exciting new trends in recreation. 

VRSA is an organization dedicated to fostering and enhancing the quality of recreational sports programs throughout the state of Virginia that models meetings, policies, publications, and goals on the philosophy of NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

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2017 VRSA Conference Theme

The 2017 VRSA Conference theme is "The WHOLE Student." W.H.O.L.E. is an acronym for Well-being, High impact, Opportunities, Leadership, and Engaged learning!

Well-Being – Integrated Approach to Wellness (Learn More)

High Impact – Creating Meaningful Student Experiences (Learn More)

Opportunities – Innovations, Collaborations, and Solutions

Leadership – Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Teams (Learn More)

Engaged Learning – Actively Connect Theories to Practice (Learn More)


Registration for the 2017 VRSA Conference is now closed. Please contact Steve Bobbitt at bobbitsr@jmu.edu or (540) 568-8707 for more information.

Presentation Proposals

The session proposal submission deadline was July 14, 2017 and submitters will be notified by July 31, 2017 if their session has been accepted. Presenters will need to pay for registration and accomodations.


           View the detailed PDF Conference Schedule and the Educational Session Descriptions!

          Thursday, October 5, 2017
          9 am                     Registration Opens – UREC Wellness Instructional Room
          10 am                   Pre-Workshop Sessions Begin (All costs are included in your normal registration)
                                                -UREC Open Workout
                                                -UREC Main Building Tour
                                                -UREC Outdoor Facilities and Specialty Facilities Tour
                                                -Open Climb Alpine Towers Odyssey Course
          12 pm                   Pre-Workshop Sessions Conclude
                                               Lunch Available On Your Own at UREC Cafe
          1 pm                     Opening Session Presented by The HART School – UREC Sports Forum 2
          2:30 pm                Sessions Begin (three 50 min. sessions)
          5:30 pm                Sessions Conclude
          6:30 pm                VRSA Dinner presented by Gym Source – Bridgeforth Stadium Club Room
          8:30 pm                Optional Social – Ruby’s Arcade

          Friday, October 6, 2017
          6 am                      UREC Open Workout 
          8 am                      Student Breakfast - Mind/Body Studio 1
          8am                       Professionals Breakfast presented by Life Fitness - Sports Forum 2
          9 am                      VRSA Business Meeting (50 min.) - Sports Forum 2
          10 am                    Sessions Begin (two 50 min. sessions)
          11:50 am               Sessions End
          12 pm                    Box Lunches to Go and End of Conference!


The Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management  |  Gym Source   |   Life Fitness 

Travel, Parking & Hotel Accommodations

Hotel and travel accommodations must be made by the attendee. 

UREC is located at 701 Driver Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Call our Welcome Center at (540) 568-8737.

Parking: Conference attendees that are JMU campus visitors should park in the conference designated lot: Convo F Lot. Parking in any other lot may result in ticketing. All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit. Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, expired timed spaces, or parking in Fire Lanes.

Suggested Area Hotels:

    • Quality Inn1881 Evelyn Byrd Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 - (540) 442-1515
    • Courtyard by Marriott1890 Evelyn Byrd Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 - (540) 432-3031
    • Hampton Inn - 85 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 - (540) 432-1111 
    • Sleep Inn & Suites1891 Evelyn Byrd Ave, I-81 & US 33, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 - (540) 433-7100

Facebook Page

To stay updated on all VRSA events and news, check out our Facebook event and make sure to follow the VRSA Facebook page!

Harrisonburg Information

Visit Harrisonburg  //  Visit Shenandoah Valley  //  Downtown Harrisonburg Renaissance  //  JMU

Questions about VRSA?

Contact the Associate Director for Programming!


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