Acknowledging his dedication to student success and well-being, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) has appointed UWindsor student Zack Sephton as the Canadian representative on its member network.
A sport management major, Sephton is plays on the Lancer club baseball team and has worked as a fitness instructor and marketing supervisor for Lancer Recreation. The U.S.-based NIRSA regulates university sports at the varsity of club level for students outside the NCAA, NAIA, or other affiliates.
As Canadian Regional Student Leader, Sephton joins 18 other volunteers serving as the organization’s vehicle for communications, representation, networking, and professional development.
He says the benefits of recreational sports programs go beyond personal fitness and health.
“Intramurals allow fellow students to meet in a non-academic setting where true friendships can develop through competition and camaraderie,” says Sephton. “These are the relationships which will last beyond the university years.”
Pam Watts, NIRSA executive director, says Sephton will advance the core purpose of higher education.
“He’s helping peers from across North America prepare students to lead healthy, flourishing, and productive lives,” she says. “Zack is truly a valued leader of our association. We know that his contributions and volunteer service will make an exemplary impact.”
Lancer Recreation co-ordinator Sandra Ondracka cites Sephton’s work ethic, optimism, and charisma as three key personality traits that that allow him to be such a positive influence in the Department of Athletics and Recreation Services.
“Zack is a young man who leads by example.” says Ondracka. “But more importantly, Zack builds leadership ability in those around him.”