3 Reasons Why Your Online Community Needs To Meet In-Person

Meeting Barack Obama for the first time wasn’t the most nerve-wracking part of my day.  Jill and Aire’s friendship solidified after an activity they did during their fourth virtual success meeting through an organization called The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). The two kept nodding in agreement as if they were of one […]

And the Winning 2022 #FreeHugs Postcard Is…

Thank you to everyone who has participated by submitting wonderful designs and voting for our 2022 #FreeHugs postcard! We are so grateful to Jonny Division Martinez for such creative contributions. She designed 3 wonderful postcards for us and through your votes, one was chosen! Jonny is an Early Childhood Education (PreK – 4) major with […]

Design Our 2022 #FreeHugs Postcard!

Are you a creative person? Does your art dazzle, amaze, and inspire? Do you want the opportunity to have your original design travel across the world? We have an exciting opportunity for you! Here’s the rundown: Swift Kick loves free hugs, both virtual and in-person. We want to spread that love as far as it […]

Have You Heard The Exciting New News? SAMI IS BACK!

For those who may not know, Sami Litchert worked here at Swift Kick in 2016 as one of our interns. After an internship with us, she moved on to Grad School at Kutztown University. While studying Student Affairs in Higher Education and Administration, Sami held a Graduate Hall Director position at Cedar Crest College. After […]

The Future of Free Hugs During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Anyone who’s been a part of the Swift Kick family over the past 14 years knows that introducing the Free Hugs campaign to new people is a core part of our training. It’s how we teach people to build a Culture of Connection™ where everyone feels welcomed, connected, and engaged. But what about now, in […]

Party for One – The Value of Social Proof

Sylvia is the kind of person that wants to make a difference. When she sees an issue, she takes action. So when it was finals week at her university and she knew everyone was going to be stressed, she woke up early and drew the words “Free Hugs” on a large poster board. Then, she […]

The Essential Sameness of Camino de Santiago and Free Hugs

This post was written by Martine De Matteo, a graduate from Fordham University. Martine is the sister of Sabina, Swift Kick’s Community Manager. We are thrilled to share her beautifully written experience with our readers. Imagine waking up every morning at 6am for Free Hugs Day. That’s essentially what walking the Camino de Santiago is […]

That’s a Wrap on #FreeHugs18

Free Hugs Day has become quite the event at many schools around the US. From University of Delaware, to Johns Hopkins University, to Bossier Parish Community College we witnessed hugs at every corner of our country, at institutions of all kinds for #FreeHugs18 Last year, we talked about how Free Hugs Day has become a […]

Another Free Hugs Day in the Books! #FreeHugs17

Free Hugs Day has become quite the event at many schools around the US. From Texas A&M International University, to Fordham University in New York, to UC Berkeley, we witnessed hugs at every corner of our country. Free Hugs Day is a tradition for many different schools every year.  Check out what some of these […]

5 Creative Ways to Make Free Hugs Day Go Viral This Year

We are all here Take your pick Get a hug from Team Swift Kick! The whole point of doing a free hugs day is to get the people around you to ask “What’s going on?” That question helps them become more engaged within your community. Just holding a Free Hugs sign is unique enough that […]