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Why Core Values are Important

Why Core Values are Important

Here at Swift Kick we follow 5 main Core Values. These values are brought up each week at various times. I even find myself using them outside of work! It is nice to have Core Values within your organizations to follow because you can keep each other accountable. The 5 Core Values that Swift Kick values are the P.R.O.F.S. (This has nothing to do with a professor, which is what I thought in the beginning as well). Play To Win: Maximize resources to finish what you start and exceed expectations. Playing to win is when you go above and beyond on a certain project you are working on. For example, let’s say I was expected to conduct an icebreaker for my organization that was a guessing game. I am only expected to ask questions for individuals to answer. Instead, I decided to […]

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Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Each month Swift Kick will be highlighting a member in our community who shows extraordinary Leadership within their own community. In the month of February, we decided to conduct a Q&A with Tony Williams. He is a dedicated Community Assistant, the Social Diversity Chair for Association of Campus Events, and the Membership Chair for KU Presidential Ambassadors. Because of his involvement and leadership style, we decided to share his talents with all of you! Meet Tony Gee Williams! Q: What is your best leadership tip that you would like to share with us when working with your community? A: If I could only give one tip out, it would be to pay attention and listen to other people’s input. Just because you have a title does not mean you are the only person entitled to an opinion. I feel like everyone else’s input […]

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A Strong Community and a Hard-Earned College Degree – Sami’s Story Pt. 2

A Strong Community and a Hard-Earned College Degree  – Sami’s Story Pt. 2

I know this post is longer than normal, but it’s my story. It is my fears, failures, and successes all written out for the world to see. So please, bear with me as I explain my life and how anyone can succeed in anything they want to. All you have to do is work hard, have a strong community, and believe. Last week I wrote about how I was told that I would not be able to attend college due to my low test scores throughout grade school. Well, we all see how that turned out! I proved my teachers wrong and was accepted into the Education Department at Kutztown University! The Power of Community This week, I wanted to continue my story about how I made it through college. Just because I had a successful grade school story doesn’t […]

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“You Won’t Go to College” – Sami’s Story Pt. 1

“You Won’t Go to College” – Sami’s Story Pt. 1

I have debated on writing this post for a while now. I am proud of my accomplishment, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to share my story with those outside of my life. Then I realized that this community has become my online family. I love writing posts for everyone here to read, so, why not share my story with those that inspire me to continue to do what I do every day. With that being said, here is my story: Growing Up with a learning disability Growing up I was a part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) due to a reading and writing learning disability. I still have this learning disability to this day, I just learned how to work with it. Through the years, I was always behind in class work but never gave up. They […]

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Can I Be Real A Second? [Open Doors, Open Hearts Style]

Can I be real a second, For just a millisecond? -George Washington, Hamilton First, this post is a personal one, stemming from a core value here at Swift Kick, Open Doors, Open Hearts, so I hope you can relate. Second, yes, I am still obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack. Now that we have that settled, I’d like to ask one question. Do you ever feel like you have to be good at EVERYTHING? Over the weekend, I went to closing night of a friend’s show One Funny Mother and she told her story of being a mom. She talked about always feeling like she had to be a good mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc… and I started thinking about my life and all the places I have to be good at everything. Growing up, I felt like I had to be a […]

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Why This 9 Letter Word is So Meaningful

Why This 9 Letter Word is So Meaningful

When I came here, I was looking for a community. Then I realized I was helping to create one.” – OSU If you look at the word “community” what do you see? Here at Swift Kick, this amazing nine-letter word means so much. Take a look as we break down each letter to explain why we love our Dance Floor Theory community so much. C – Compassionate Our team and community is so compassionate about everything. We are there for others and we care about one another. O – Opportunity Any opportunity that arises, people in our community go for it. We do not hold back, we go for the gold and accomplish as many goals that we can. M – Meaningful Our community is extremely meaningful, not only to us, but to everyone. We are a community that helps […]

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Love All Ways – An End of the Year Reflection

Love All Ways – An End of the Year Reflection

As I walked by the sign, I read the words, processed it, but it took about ten steps (NYC steps, so 0.7 seconds) to interpret it. Love All Ways. Not a misspelling. Two directives that mean so much. While walking down 57th Street to get to the bootcamp class I teach, what I expected to be graffiti was a message for all those who passed by it. It was to Love All Ways. Or was it to Love Always? On my way back from class, I took a picture (and made it my cover photo of Facebook) because it’s a reminder we don’t get enough. In the hustle and bustle of NYC life, we tend to forget the basics. We schedule too much and plan too little. We give more than we can and don’t know how to ask for help. […]

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Kicking Bullying to the Curb

Kicking Bullying to the Curb

Meet Addison Mallery! HI! My name is Addy Mallery, and I am a 19 year old sophomore student studying at Allegany College of Maryland.  I am currently in the early childhood education program, and will be graduating with my associates’ degree next spring. I will then be transferring to Frostburg State to get my Bachelors and hopefully one day becoming a kindergarten teacher!   Q&A with Addison Q: Do you have a job? If so, what do you do? A: I am an office Manager of Kick Masters Karate (KMK) in Frostburg MD. The jobs that I have had here helped me pursue my passion of spreading the word about anti-bullying. KMK’s mission is to strive to build leaders. Part of this mission is making people aware of bullying and how to prevent it. As a studio, we partner with other […]

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How “Better Together” Has Shaped My Journey

How “Better Together” Has Shaped My Journey

Heart pounding, sun beaming down, thousands of faces rushing past you, and enormously tall skyscrapers looming overhead, welcome to New York City. Amidst the overcrowded city streets and fast moving traffic lights, I found myself simultaneously overwhelmed and excited. I had NO IDEA what to expect when I was hired to be an intern at Swift Kick and now I was in the big city. I’ve never been afraid of independent work but I’ve always recognized the value of a team. The values and benefits was evident at a very early point in my Swift Kick career. From Quarterly Brainstorming to a scavenger hunt in the financial district, it was clear we worked best, together.  WHERE I COME FROM As I start my intern journey with Swift Kick, I can’t help but to think of how far I’ve come. Entering my first year […]

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Drum-roll Please… Introducing The New Interns: Sami and Jake

Drum-roll Please… Introducing The New Interns: Sami and Jake

The Swift Kick family just grew bigger, with the newest two members: Sam Litchert and Jake Ames. We can’t wait to get to know them at our retreat next week! Meet Sami: A recent graduate from Kutztown University where she graduated with a communication degree and a minor in both public relations and professional writing.  Sami loves being around people which can be seen not only in her passion for her family but also her passion for being involved. For instance, during her time at Kutztown, Sami was: a member of the Hall Council the president of the Residence Hall Association Community Assistant Desk Receptionist   We asked Sami for 3 fun facts and here is what she said: She owns over 400 DVDs She is allergic to sunscreen She loves to sing, even though she doesn’t think she is very good We are […]

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