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

Registration for USF’s largest annual tradition of service will open mid-Fall 2016 on SOS 2017).

SOS Logo

When: January 14, 2017





Volunteers arrive at 5:30am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.

Site Leaders arrive by 6:45am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.

Pre-Approved Student Organizations arrive by 7:15am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium (Sycamore Dr. Gate nly).

Participants arrive by 7:45am to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.



8:30am at Corbett Soccer Stadium



9:00am-12:30pm at various community service agencies in the Tampa Bay Area



12:30pm-2:30pm at Greek Village Fields


Stampede of Service 2017 Registration Deadlines:
Site Leader Registration:now closed
Participant Registration:Thursday, January 12, 2017


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


Please arrive ON TIME at 7:45AM. Participants will receive breakfast, their team number, and volunteer site the morning of SOS. Kickoff begins at 8:30am and 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 7:45AM 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.

Registration takes place on (Search “SOS 2017”).
Site Leader Registration:Friday, November 4, 2016 (now closed)
Participant Registration:Thursday, January 12, 2017



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 one training in the fall and one training the week prior to SOS. Those dates are:

  • Fall Training: (choose one)
    Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2016, 5-7pm, MSC 2708
    Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 2016 , 5-7pm in MSC 2709

  • Spring Training: (choose one)
    Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 2017, 4-6pm, MSC 2709
    Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 2017, 1-3pm, MSC 2708





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!


If interested, please contact Justin Fitzgerald in the CLCE,, for more information.



Community Partners


Become a community partner with SOS! Register your site to host SOS volunteers on Saturday, January 14th, from 9:15am to 12:30pm. 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 (9:15am to 12:30pm) 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.

Registration for Community Partners interested in receiving students during this city-wide day of service will open Fall 2016.
For more information, contact Justin Fitzgerald at





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 Justin Fitzgerald at