Clarion University’s Student Recreation Center director Lori Sabatose has been elected to serve as president of the Pennsylvania Intramural and Recreational Sports Association. While serving the Clarion University campus community during one of its most successful eras of growth in recreational and intramural sports, Sabatose has been recognized as a leader in the industry and will now serve as the PIRSA president for the next two years.
PIRSA is the Pennsylvania State contingent of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association. The association represents the interests of Pennsylvania schools to the national organization. PIRSA's purpose is to promote and enhance the quality of recreational sports programs in various settings throughout the state by means of professional meetings, publications, dissemination of ideas and maintenance of policies consistent with the philosophy of the NIRSA. Currently PIRSA has more than 250 members across the state with positions as directors of the following: campus recreation, outdoor adventures, intramurals, fitness, aquatics, sport clubs, special events, memberships, wellness and recreational programs.
At Clarion, Sabatose is responsible for the supervision of the 48,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center, is in charge of the indoor climbing wall, fitness areas (cardiovascular and weight room areas), open recreation, indoor track, three gym courts, scheduling, staffing, employment, training, budget and community membership sales.
Since 1999, Sabatose has been responsible for the direction of the university's Student Recreation Center which host club sports, group fitness and Intramural programs as well as oversight of the facilities and services made available for students and the campus community.
Sabatose has earned the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and United States Tennis Association National Tennis Ace Award for outstanding commitment to tennis on campus in 2008 and was the recipient of the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Middle States Award for recreation tennis programs on campus.
Sabatose, who holds a degree in business administration from Clarion and a master's degree in physical education recreation sport management from Kent State, was selected by a plurality of the association's members in an election that was held in March. Her two-year term will begin in April.
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