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ACE Partners with National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to Support Quality Certification

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Mar. 04, 2005 – The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to support quality certification in the area of fitness and recreation.

NIRSA is the leading trade association for intramural and recreational sports professionals and is dedicated to promoting and advancing recreational sports and fitness on college and university campuses. The nonprofit membership organization serves more than 4,000 fitness professionals, students and associate members in the recreational sports field throughout the world.

ACE and NIRSA have partnered through the ACE University Program to provide educational development ACE will now provide curriculum to NIRSA member universities through the ACE University Program and preferred pricing to NIRSA members on certification exams and textbook materials. In addition, ACE will promote NIRSA’s Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition to its fitness professionals.

“Because of NIRSA’s commitment to the education and professional development of those working in the recreation and fitness fields, this alliance is a perfect fit for the American Council on Exercise,” said Graham Melstrand, director of educational services for ACE. “NIRSA members have an immediate impact on the fitness industry and we hope to successfully aid in their pursuit of quality certification and credentials.”

“We recognize ACE’s reputation as a leader in fitness certification and we view the alliance as a value-added benefit to NIRSA members,” said Kent J. Blumenthal, Ph.D., CAE and NIRSA executive director. “We hope this relationship opens the doors for more of our members to become certified fitness professionals.”

About the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is committed to being recognized internationally as the leader in recreation within higher education. NIRSA is 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. For more information on NIRSA visit

About ACE
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation’s “workout watchdog,” ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at

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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

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