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(TM) 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 […]

How to Dominate Free Hugs Day

A day where people all over the country, and possibly the world, are giving out hugs all at once can sound intimidating. But we want you to know that participating in Free Hugs Day is simple. You really don’t need much to spread some joy in your community. What’s necessary for #FreeHugs18 on November 1st? Pledge […]

Bu-Bye 2017 <> Hu-Low 2018: An Inside Look at the Future of Swift Kick

After 96 programs, 230,000 miles, and countless hugs given, the Swift Kick team is calling it a wrap on 2017. In 2004, I started Swift Kick with the goal of making it a world class leadership training company. Nothing about the past 13 years has been smooth sailing. But 2017 was our best year ever […]

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 […]

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 […]

And the Winning #FreeHugs Postcard Is…

Thank you to all those who voted for our 2017-2018 Free Hugs postcard! We are so grateful to Meredith Kenton for such creative contributions. Thanks for taking the time to design great postcards. Meredith is a Chemistry major at Washington College in Maryland. Fun facts about Meredith: Meredith grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Pennsylvania before middle school She’s […]