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Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management

This is a basic library guide for students and faculty in the Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management Department and will help you with your assignments and research.

Professional Associations

American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR)

AAPAR seeks to encourage and increase public awareness on the benefits of physical activity. People who decide to begin an exercise program should use this excellent Web site for its relevant “how to get started” sections.

Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association

 Connecticut residents and tourists will be provided with detailed information about Connecticut's many parks and recreation areas. Job seekers who arelooking for work in Connecticut should be sure to check here for job opportunities.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education:PLAY

 NASPE is a national authority for professionals who teach sports and physical education. Currently there are more than 17,000 members – coaches, teachers, trainers, consultants – who are involved in preparing people for careers in physical education. Students are encouraged to join the association for networking and accessing all of their valuable educational materials. Membership also entitles individual to CareerLink, their online employment resource. Undergraduate and graduate students can attend their student leadership conferences and further participate in the association.

National Recreation and Park Association

For more than 40 years, the NRPA has lobbied both the state and federal governments to ensure that our nation’s parks are protected. Two relevant recreation journals, Journal of Leisure Research and Therapeutic Recreation Journal, are published by this body. Buley Library has both the print and full-text, electronic versions of these 2 journals.

Outdoor Industry Association

Partners for Livable Communities

 Partners for Livable Communities is a national, nonprofit organization that works continually to revitalize U.S. communities. For over 25-years, they’ve promoted livable communities through their workshops, leadership training and research publications.

Resort and Commecial Recreation Association

Shape America

Recreation and leisure professionals will use this site since it's considered to be the profession’s largest organization for access to physical education, leisure, fitness, and health promotion resources. 

Therapeutic Recreation Directory

 This valuable directory contains information on jobs and internships, articles, and other relevant links. They provide you with job profiles that offer a detailed explanation of the jobs available in the profession. Each job profile will explain the nature of the job, working conditions,  education/training requirements, salary, and future employment opportunities. Check out their  “Recreation Store” to purchase some fun tee-shirts and mugs.

Women’s Sports Foundation

Billie Jean King founded this organization in 1974  to support girls and women who are interested in sports and physical activity. Their focus is on issues such as equality, discrimination, Title IX, and mind and body as it relates to women’s sports. They’ve created a Sports Index link that is searchable by each type of sport. Each section gives detailed information on the skill coordination that is needed, cost, strength required, and ease of learning.



The President's Council on Fitness was established to help all Americans adopt a healthy lifestyle.

  • NIRSA: Leaders in College Recreation