On Saturday night, January 20, and Sunday, January 21, 2018, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity participated in “The Big Hug” project that was organized by children in the Greater Tampa/St. Petersburg Area for the purpose of showing that there is compassion for one another in the world today, that good outweighs the bad and that people should treat each other the way they want to be treated. “The Big Hug” initiative also was organized for the purpose of supporting Children’s Hospitals throughout the world. The object of “The Big Hug” was to establish the largest hug in the history of mankind and to establish a Guinness Book of World Record.
On January 20, the Brothers of Beta-Nu Chapter participated in “The Big Hug” and appeared on the floor of Rupp Arena during the University of Florida vs University of Kentucky basketball game with the Sisters of the Kappa Delta Chapter to rock Rupp Arena, and to engage the crowd in a big hug. Over 20,000 people were in attendance for the game and participated in the event. Special credit goes to Brother Martin Klemes of the Communications Commission of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Beta-Nu Grand Master Jackson Skeeters.
On Sunday, January 21, the Brothers of Upsilon-Theta Chapter at Saint Leo University, Past Worthy Grand Master David Persky, District Grand Master Paul Gamble, Assistant District Grand Master Chris Hubner and Executive Director Mitchell B. Wilson joined with over 1,000 people in the Tampa/St. Petersburg Area to participate in one of the largest venues for “The Big Hug” (St. Petersburg, Florida) throughout the world. Kappa Sigma participated in this event and received public thanks and recognition for the Fraternity’s participation from the children who organized the event and from Kari Wagner, who was so instrumental in being a mentor to the children and in helping to make “The Big Hug” initiative a success.
Several Chapters participated by sending photos to “The Big Hug” website, including the following Chapters:
West Haven, Connecticut Colony
Beta-Mu, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Tau-Zeta, Arkansas State University
Nu-Psi, University of Cincinnati
Omicron Colony at Emory, Virginia
Mu-Iota, Gallaudet University
Gamma-Rho, The University of Arizona
Rho-Omega, Stephens Institute of Technology
Upsilon-Theta, Saint Leo University
Xi-Beta, Northeastern University
Beta-Nu, University of Kentucky
All who participated agree that the world is a better place with hugs. The new Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest hug was achieved on January 21 as several cities and countries participated in the event.