Joplin, MO – The Joplin March for Babies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Missouri Southern State University’s Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

The event – which is being held for the first time on the Missouri Southern campus – will be presented by the university’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda. Since 1970, the annual event has raised more than $2.5 billion, with all funds used to support the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies.

“The March of Dimes is the national charity for FBLA-PBL,” said Stu Dunlop, marketing/management professor and adviser for the Missouri Southern chapter. “Our students found out the walk wasn’t being held in Joplin on a formal basis and decided to reintroduce it.”

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the 1.5-mile walk will be held rain or shine. Company, family and student teams are encouraged. To sign up, visit

The Phi Beta Lambda Club at Missouri Southern is sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The collegiate equivalent of Future Business Leaders of America, PBL is an educational association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business. There are more than 11,000 active members in the United States, including 350 members in 20 Missouri chapters.