Tahira Wilson’s job is to encourage people to play games. Really! As Recreation Supervisor, she coordinates all the adult athletic leagues offered by Louisville Metro Parks, as well as some of the youth programming, such as cross country and the Hershey’s Track & Field Games event. It takes a lot of work, but Tahira says she’s passionate about what she does. She enjoys working in the community and relishes the opportunity to create programs, too.
Born in Kinston, North Carolina, this self-described “military brat” (her mother served in the armed forces) is well-traveled and has lived in Tennessee, Georgia, California and Germany. The family lived most recently in Radcliff, Kentucky where Tahira attended and graduated from North Hardin High School.
Tahira and her family shared a love for physical fitness. She played basketball and ran track throughout middle and high school, her mother cross-trained and weight-trained daily, and her brother was into football and basketball – which rank among Tahira’s favorite sports, too! So it’s no surprise that she developed an interest in and love for sports.
She went on to the University of Louisville, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration. “I began working in the recreation field at UofL as an undergrad in the Intramural Recreational Gym, and loved everything about it,” explained Tahira. She then took her work experience, knowledge and interest to Indiana University-Bloomington, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Recreational Sports Administration.
After finishing graduate school, Tahira applied to numerous organizations in the region and finally received a call from Metro Parks. “It feels great to finally be part of the field I am so passionate about,” said Tahira.
When Tahira isn’t on the job, she might be at the movies, or working with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, playing basketball and working out – or traveling. Memorable trips to South Korea and the Netherlands remain among her favorite travel experiences.
When asked to offer her career/life ‘philosophy’, her words really do reflect the blend of work and play evident in her life: “Work hard in what you do, but have fun doing it!”