Civic Engagement & Service

Stampede of Service

Stampede of Service (SOS) is a 3-part event series featuring a month of service opportunities focused on specific UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SOS includes an interactive kickoff event, direct community service with a local non-profit and a reflective wrap-up facilitated by Civic Engagement Board student leaders and CLCE staff.

SOS engages students in meaningful service experiences that move them along the Active Citizen Continuum. In the process, students will connect with each other around common causes while also learning how their passions connect to the SDGs and career competencies that employers seek in candidates. This is an experience that shapes each student while also making a positive impact in the community. 

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January 2022 Events

Stampede of Service will be highlighting the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this month. 

Over the weekend (January 14-January17), we celebrate Dr. King's legacy by serving in the community. We have eight community service opportunities with Feeding Tampa Bay, Embracing Legacy, Seminole Heights Community Garden, University Area Community Development Corporation, Tampa Bay Aquatics Preserve and the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Foundation. Transportation is available and being provided to four of these opportunities by CLCE staff, in partnership with the Marshall Student Center.  All of these opportunities are posted on BullsConnect.


Thursday, January 13 from 1-4 pm in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom

* This is a drop in activity that will start every 15 minutes

Thursday, January 27 from 4-5 pm in the Marshall Student Center, 1306

Overview & 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.

Stampede of Service quickly became an important tradition for USF serving as a kick-off event for the MLK Week Celebration events celebrating 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 engaged in the Tampa community through meaningful service experiences while connecting with one another.  The goal is to help move students developmentally along the Active Citizens Continuum by expanding awareness about social issues and how best to address solutions to root causes of those issues.  To this end, SOS was extended to a year-long series of monthly focused experiences so the USF community could elevate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s spirit of service throughout the year.