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Ken E. Nwadike Jr., “The Free Hugs Guy,” to present at JCC on November 7

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Ken E. Nwadike Jr. and his Free Hugs Project are coming to Jefferson Community College on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Nwadike Jr. is a peace activist, video journalist, and YouTube personality best known as the free hugs guy online.

Nwadike Jr. is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. His free Hugs videos have received hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. As a former homeless student-athlete, Nwadike Jr. overcame many challenges to now own Superhero Events – an event production company that raises funds and awareness for homeless teens.

Nwadike Jr. will be on JCC’s campus Monday, November 7th to bring his interactive and fun Free Hugs Project to engage students in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism. Nwadike Jr. will interact with JCC students throughout the day using props, games, and hugs to transform the campus atmosphere with his loving presence.

The event concludes with a keynote address from Nwadike Jr. at 7:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater that will explore how to overcome the differences that divide us. The goal of this program is to create unity and build community on campus and remind students that we are all humans in need of love. To learn more about the Free Hugs Project at Jefferson, visit or contact the JCC Student Activities Center, (315) 786-2431.

This event is sponsored by the JCC Campus Activities Board.