Honor Award

 

The ORSA Honor Award was created as a way of recognizing the outstanding contributions of current or former individual members of the Ohio Recreational Sports Association.  The award is presented a maximum of every other year to a professional, “In recognition of their unselfish dedication, exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to the promotion, growth and development of the recreational sports profession.”  

Nominations for the ORSA Honor Award are due by Friday, September 13. Please submit all materials to Chair Kim Schmidt at kim.schmidt@uc.edu.

(Note: Nominations will be carried over for four years and then released unless re-nominated.) 

Nomination Packet should include:

  • Current resume or vita of nominee including number of years as an ORSA member.
  • Letter of recommendation from nominator (ORSA professional member) including name, institution, email address, phone number, fax number, and number of years as an ORSA member.
  • List of accomplishments that relate directly to the criteria listed below.


Criteria:

1. Significant involvement in and contribution to the Ohio Recreational Sports Association - 70%

Examples include:

  • Minimum five years active membership and involvement in ORSA.
  • Innovative or strategic leadership within the state association (i.e, serving on ORSA Executive Committee).
  • Extraordinary dedication or creativity exhibited as a member of an ORSA committee.
  • Significant contribution in developing, coordinating, and/or hosting an ORSA conference, workshop or tournament.
  • Conducting presentations at ORSA workshops.  
  • Significant contribution to ORSA publications (i.e., writing articles for newsletter), media presentations, special projects, or fundraising.
  • Significant contribution to the promotion and growth of ORSA through the cultivation of individual or institutional ORSA membership.
  • Personal commitment to attending ORSA workshops as well as encouraging professional and student staff to attend and become active in ORSA. 
  • Signification contribution in the development of students and young professionals on campus and within ORSA.

2. Involvement and contribution to NIRSA on a national and regional level as well as local campus impact - 30%

Examples include:

  • Active involvement in NIRSA.
  • Innovative or strategic leadership within NIRSA (i.e, serving on Executive Committee).
  • Extraordinary dedication or creativity exhibited as a member of a NIRSA committee.
  • Significant contribution in developing, coordinating, and/or hosting a regional or national conference or tournament.
  • Conducting presentations at regional or national conferences. 
  • Significant contribution to NIRSA publications, media presentations or special projects (i.e., writing articles).
  • Significant contribution to the promotion and growth of NIRSA through the cultivation of individual or institutional membership.
  • Personal commitment to attending regional and national workshops as well as encouraging professional and student staff to attend and become active in NIRSA. 
  • Signification contribution in the development of students and young professionals on campus and within NIRSA.

 

Past Honor Award Recipients

2017 Jim Jamriska, Indiana University Bloomington
2015 Kendra Violet, University of Cincinnati
2013 Doug Curry, Miami University
2011 Joy Polkabla-Byers, Youngstown State University
2009 Sean Ries, Cleveland State University
2007 Dave DeAngelo, The Ohio State University
2005 Thad Long, Bowling Green State University
2004 Kim Schmidt, University of Cincinnati
2003 Award not presented
2002 Greg Jordan, Oakland University
2001 Greg Sferra, Slippery Rock University
2000 Pat Besner, University of Toledo
1999 Paul Milton, Kent State University
1998 Pat Kennedy, Case Western Reserve University
1997 Bills Sells, Ohio University
1996 Patti Holmes, Holmes Training and Dev.
1995 Sally Myers, Miami University
1994 Larry Spencer, University of Toledo
1993 Ken Kaiser, Ohio State University
1992 Dr. Tim Miller, Baldwin Wallace College
1991 Winona Vannoy, Kent State University
1990 Steve Kintigh, Texas Christian University