GLASSBORO, N.J. – A New Bethlehem native working at a university in New Jersey recently received an award from the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
Kevin George, a 1998 graduate of Redbank Valley High School, and the son of Terry and Marsha George of New Bethlehem, received NIRSA’s Leaders of Collegiate Recreation Regional Award of Merit.
George serves as director of campus recreation at Rowan University, a public university in Glassboro, N.J.
Each year during the Leaders of Collegiate Recreation conference, this award is granted to a regional representative who displays unmatched passion in the field of campus recreation, and shows outstanding dedication to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. George was nominated for this honor by Assistant Director Melanie Alverio for his “inspiring dedication to both campus recreation at Rowan and NIRSA.”
George has worked for Rowan campus recreation since 2004, starting as assistant director of campus recreation after receiving a bachelor’s degree at Robert Morris University and a master’s degree in sports management at the University of Florida.
“Being the only organization I’ve ever worked for out of graduate school, I have embraced many learning opportunities while also failing forward,” he says. “I have been fortunate to be surrounded by positive staff and patrons where we can promote relationships, quality, service and student development (our core values), while providing welcoming and inclusive facilities, programs, services and staff.”
Not only does this achievement highlight George’s professionalism, generosity and dedication, but officials noted he is a role model for students and colleagues.
“I am so proud to have mentored many of campus rec undergraduate students that pursued and acquired graduate assistantships all over the country and many still currently work in higher education,” George said. “The most rewarding part of this award is that it’s a recognition of all the individuals that have been there for me in any capacity.”
Specifically, he said this includes student workers and graduate assistants he has supervised throughout the years, co-workers and colleagues at Rowan, mentors and colleagues from his own college studies, as well as mentors from past internships (including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Moon Township Parks & Recreation, and the Navy MWR). He remarks that each of these experiences has “provided a diverse opportunity for growth, development, and reflection.”
“I couldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of my family, especially to my wife and three daughters,” he said.
George is also the winner of the 2010 Horace Moody Award, for his continued support of student development.
“We have witnessed the tremendous growth of the university and our department,” George reflects. “We continue to strive and work together to keep the ‘family’ atmosphere of the Rec and to always remember that our job is to serve students.”
While at Redbank, George was a five-sport athlete, earning all-conference honors in football, soccer and baseball, while also playing basketball and running track.
He went on to Robert Morris University where he studied sport management, before moving on to graduate school at the University of Florida.
In addition to his work at Rowan University, George has served as a Division I Women’s College Basketball official since 2008, and has also been an official for Division II and Division III.
He and his wife, Lisa, have three young daughters, Lilian, Isabel and Abigail.