Clarion University is an institutional member of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). NIRSA is the national organization providing international leadership for campus recreation. The association is committed to be recognized internationally as the leader in recreation within higher education, dedicated to excellence in student and professional development, education, research and standards. NIRSA's commitment, creativity and strategic partnerships are consistently demonstrated through outstanding programs, facilities and services. Clarion Recreation Professionals are members of NIRSA and PIRSA.The state branch of NIRSA is the Pennsylvania Intramural Recreational Sports Association (PIRSA). PIRSA's purpose is to promote and enhance the quality of recreational sports programs in various settings throughout the state by means of professional meetings, publications, dissemination of ideas and maintenance of policies consistent with the philosophy of the NIRSA.
Lori Sabatose has been very involved in both the national and state branches of the organization as attending conferences and workshops, hosted state workshops, serving on committees, making professional presentations and a former student workers have won a service awards and Bill Swan Awards. Lori Sabatose won the NIRSA and USTA United States Tennis Association USTA Middle States -Tennis Ace Award in 2008 for outstanding commitment to Tennis and Growth on Campus. She is currently the PIRSA president.