Co-founded by Cindy Hipps, mother of Tucker Hipps, and Debbie Smith, MM mother of Matthew Carrington on January 4, 2018. PUSH is a haven for parents who have lost a child to hazing.
PUSH provides support both on the emotional level, as well as in each parent’s individual calls to action, e.g., getting justice for victims, changing and or strengthening state hazing laws, and supporting Federal laws like the Reach Act. Its focus is to make a difference, change the culture, and put a stop to hazing by supporting and partnering with hazing educational programs. PUSH is a national organization of parents, who are of one voice, united to stop hazing.
words from our founders
“It is so important to continue to bring families together. There are so many parents who are grieving the loss of their child to hazing who feel they have nowhere to turn and no one who knows exactly how they feel, and, as a result, they suffer the debilitating grief of losing a child in silence. PUSH wants them to know they are not alone. PUSH wants them to know they have a family waiting for them where they can find unconditional love, comfort, strength and support. We are waiting for them with open arms,” says Smith, MM.
“It is important to me to continue to reach out to those who have lost a child to this deadly culture of hazing. I just wish we would have had this support group when Tucker died. We had no clue about this culture of hazing and we have learned so much from others who have experienced the same tragedy. We continue on this journey of Truth and Change but with others’ help” says Hipps.
PUSH is not aligned, nor associated with the North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC; formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) or the NPC.