RecSports is here for you

The foundation of our national professional association, NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, was founded in 1950 by 20 African American Intramural Directors from 11 historically black colleges. These founding members shared the vision of the importance and benefits of recreation for all and the importance of equality in society, no matter the color of your skin.

Although NIRSA was founded on these beliefs, we recognize that currently our nation has fallen short in living up to several of these expectations. It is not acceptable to overlook the pain and suffering that is a reality for the Black members of the Notre Dame family and our nation. As we strive to be a supportive community that is open and welcoming to all, we must continue to join together in committing to work for a better future, a future that affirms the value and dignity of Black lives.

RecSports will remain committed to doing our part in addressing issues of social injustice, prejudice, and to make the changes needed for the members of our Black community, and all members of marginalized communities. We recognize it is our responsibility to continue to educate ourselves, while having critical conversations and advocating for collective efforts and actions towards a better world. In recognition of the work that lies ahead of us, we seek intentionality from each other moving forward. We must learn, lead, and grow together in order to build a more safe, just, and equitable society. 

Notre Dame is meant to be a place where community is a force for good in the world. We understand that the members of our University will go on to impact what diversity and community look like within society, and we believe that we can have a positive impact on the experiences and development of our future leaders. To our Notre Dame family, those at various intersections of identity, historically underrepresented people of color and other marginalized identities, and to the Black members of our family who are angry, do not feel safe, and are wanting change: we see you, we are here for you, and we will do our part to help you.