Civic Engagement & Service

Stampede of Service

Please enjoy photos from Stampede of Service 2018 event here.
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Stampede of Service
January 19, 2019

Student Participant and Site Leader registration for USF's largest annual tradition of service opens Mid-Fall each year. 
Search "Stampede of Service" on, or simply click here.

Overview and History
Participant and Site Leader Registration
Site Leader Information
Community Partners


Kickoff Volunteers arrive at 5:45 a.m. to begin setting up at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Site Leaders arrive by 6:45 a.m. to Check-In at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Participants arrive by 7:30 a.m. to Check-In and Select a Site at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
NOTE:  Each student must register individually to sign the waiver.  Student Orgs wishing to volunteer together are encouraged to split into small groups based on area of interest and arrive early to secure a site that can fit your group size.

8:30 a.m. at Corbett Soccer Stadium

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at various community service agencies in the Tampa Bay Area

SOS Picnic:
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. between Corbett Soccer Stadium and the Athletics building


Stampede of Service 2018 Registration Deadlines:

Site Leader Registration: November 2, 2018
NOTE:  This event requires nearly 300 student site leaders.  Please consider serving in this role.

Participant Pre-Registration: January 16, 2019


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, assisting with senior citizens, the environment, youth, homelessness, poverty, women's issues, education, and much more.

Participant and Site Leader Registration

Each year, participants are in charge of their service experience! Participants will sign up for their sites on the morning of the event. Sites will not be pre-assigned. Check-in will start promptly at 7:30AM 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 in small groups or individually on the day of the event to sign up for a site of their choosing.

Site Leader Registration Deadline: November 2nd, 2018
NOTE: This event requires nearly 300 student site leaders. Please consider serving in this role.
Participant Pre-Registration Deadline: January 16, 2019

Site Leaders and Participants both register using the same link:

NOTE:  Please arrive ON TIME at 6:45am for Site Leaders and 7:30 a.m for Participants. You will receive breakfast, your team number, and select a volunteer site the morning of SOS. Kickoff begins at 8:30 a.m. and buses leave by 9 a.m. sharp. All breakfast and t-shirts are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants will choose their sites based on social issues of interest.  It is recommended to know your top three social issues of interest before entering the soccer field.  Social Issues include:

Note:  When nonprofits apply to receive volunteers as part of SOS, they also indicate their organizations social issue.  The CLCE does not make that determination; it is made by the nonprofit.  


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 are required to attend a training the week before the big event. 
As a site leader, you can choose to attend one of two trainings.  Those dates are:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 1-3pm (location TBD)
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6-8pm (location TBD)

Can't attend either training due to class?  Contact our graduate intern at as soon as possible.


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, and more. However, our greatest need from Faculty and Staff members is to drive a 12-passenger rental van of students and serve with them for the morning.  It's a fun and rewarding experience! 

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

Community Partners

Do you represent a nonprofit or government agency?  Do you want to submit a project for consideration to receive volunteers as part of this city-wide day of service?  If so, submit your project for SOS 2019 by Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 using this link:

Interested in other opportunities throughout the year as a USF community partner?  Learn more here


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 2,000 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