USF Students Help Bring the MLK Dream Alive in Hillsborough County

USF students celebrate a day of giving back to the community in Stampede of Service 2012. USF file photo.

By Renee Hunt

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2014) – About 2,500 University of South Florida students are registered to visit more than 40 sites throughout Hillsborough County on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 18, as participants in Stampede of Service, USF’s largest annual community service project and tribute to the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

USF students restock a local food bank in Stampede of Service 2012. USF file photo.

Coordinated by Student Affairs’ Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement as a part of the campus’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Week celebration, SOS reflects the core values in King’s teachings: justice for all, strengthen communities, empower individuals, and live your purpose. The program is designed to engage students with current social issues as they experience the benefits of giving back to their community by sharing their time, skills, and compassion at service sites throughout the county.

USF System President Judy Genshaft will kick off the day at the opening ceremony on campus at 8:30 a.m. at the Corbett Soccer Stadium before student volunteers board buses for their pre-assigned destinations.Teams will be assigned to do surveying, cleaning, painting, environmental cleanup, and many other activities assisting area organizations, including the Tampa Heights Civic Association, Rebuilding Together, the Dream Center, and the BAKAS Equestrian Center. The day will conclude back on campus at the Celebration of Service After-Party on campus in Greek Village at 12:30 p.m. for student volunteers and the community partners.

Renee Hunt is Director of Communications & Marketing for USF Student Affairs. She can be reached at