Center for Leadership
and Civic Engagement


Stampede of Service

"SOS Theme Song" performed by Jay-Dogg, featuring Maxon 'MVP' Victor and Tamika Jeanty (Classified) Produced by Robert 'Bobby Knockz' Brann

Thank you to everyone for coming out in 2015 and look for more information soon on registering for the 10th anniversary event happening in 2016.

SOS Logo

When: January 16, 2016





Volunteers arrive at 6:00am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.

Site Leaders arrive by 7:30am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.

Participants arrive by 8:00am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.



8:30am at Corbett Soccer Stadium



9:00am-Noon at various community service agencies in the Tampa Bay Area



12:30pm-3:00pm at Greek Village Fields


Stampede of Service 2016 Registration Deadlines:
Site Leader Registration: Due November 6,2015
Participant Registration: Due January 14, 2016


To keep up to date on the latest information, like the CLCE Facebook Page.


Please arrive ON TIME at 8AM. Participants will receive breakfast, their team number, and volunteer site the morning of SOS. Buses leave by 9AM sharp. All breakfast and t-shirts are on a first-come first-serve basis.


Overview and History of SOS

Participant Registration

Site Leader Information
Faculty/Staff Participation
Community Partner Participation



Overview and History


A USF student, Maxon Victor, who wanted to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, founded Stampede of Service (SOS) in 2006. The USF Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement and Student Government worked together with a committee of students, staff and community organizations (including Parks & Recreation, the University Area Community Development Corporation and Clean City) to develop the event. For the inaugural 2006 event, over 900 students from the campus community including student organizations, USF Athletes, Student Government and Fraternity-Sorority Life joined together to volunteer side by side with the community in East Tampa in local parks and neighborhoods. The day was a huge success and the tradition of Stampede of Service was born.

Because of the overwhelming response to this project from students, administrators and the community, the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement has continued to host this annual event. Stampede of Service has quickly become an important tradition for USF and also serves as a kick-off event for the MLK Day Celebration events. In January 2009, over 2500 USF students, faculty, staff and community members joined together to celebrate and honor the MLK legacy through service in the Tampa Bay community. In 2012, SOS experienced its largest turnout with over 3000 students in attendance! Each year, SOS strives to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King through his four principles.

 Strengthen Communities
Empower Individuals
Justice for All
Live your Purpose

The purpose of SOS is to get students involved! Even though this is a one-day event, students receive the resources necessary to continue participating in community service on a constant basis. Students are encouraged to check out other Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) community service events and continue to keep the spirit of service and Martin Luther King Jr. alive.

SOS serves more than 60 different organizations in the Tampa Bay community, volunteering with:
Senior citizens, the environment, youth, homelessness, poverty, women's issues, education, and many more.


Participant and Site Leader Registration


This year, participants are in charge of their service experience! Participants will sign up for their sites on the day of the event. Sites will not be pre-assigned. Check-in will start promptly at 8AM and participants who arrive first will have first choice of site when signing up on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to arrive early with a few fellow participants on the day of the event to sign up for a site of their choosing.

Click here to register! 
Deadline Reminder:
Site Leader Registration: Due November 6, 2015
Participant Registration: Due January 14, 2016



Site Leader Information


Do you want an experience that combines service AND leadership? Register to be a site leader for Stampede of Service! Site leaders are vital to a successful SOS. Site leaders help to lead students through the day, encourage students to participate, and also maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm. If you're interested, please check that you would like to serve as a site leader on your registration.


Site Leaders will be assigned to a Days of Service Committee member in November! DOS members will notify site leaders of their specific service site in November and serve as the site leaders’ main point of contact throughout the planning and execution of SOS


Site Leaders must attend TWO site leader trainings

  • First Training: Tuesday, November 12, 2015
  • Second Training: TBD





Faculty/Staff volunteers will support the "Stampede of Service" Kick-Off event by assisting with various tasks such as participant check-in, t-shirt distribution, breakfast distribution, signage posting, vehicle directing and more. Volunteers will receive a limited edition t-shirt, breakfast, and the immense satisfaction of helping USF's largest service project of the year!


Faculty/ Staff Volunteer Sign-Up



Community Partners


Become a community partner with SOS! Register your site to host SOS volunteers on Saturday, January 17th from 9:30am-noon. Volunteers depart at 9:00am for their assigned location and arrive to your site at 9:30am.


In agreeing to serve as a Community Partner, you are asked to:

  • Provide a service location that is within 30 minutes driving distance of the USF Tampa campus.
  • Provide enough service for 2 ½ hours (9:30-noon) for the number of volunteers requested by your agency below.
  • Provide all supplies and materials in order to complete service.
  • Have a minimum of one agency representative on site for the entire duration of the project that can hold a brief orientation with volunteers at the beginning of the project where you teach volunteers about the purpose of your organization, who the organization serves, the social issue behind the organization, and how students can stay involved with your organization.
  • Should the project end early, you are encouraged to have another activity ready for the remaining time such as a reflection, Question & Answer session, overview of the organization, or a site tour. You're also encouraged to have extra staff on hand to help supervise the students if there are more than 20 visiting your site.

Community Partner Sign-Up





Become a sponsor of SOS! With your donations, we can provide transportation, food and t-shirts. In addition to supporting a day of community service, this would also be a wonderful marketing opportunity. Your company would have access to approximately 3000 USF students at the event, as well as, have your logo marketed as a sponsor of the event. Interested sponsors should contact Mallory Trochesset at