On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, the Bob Jones University family  will have an opportunity to show the love of Christ to the Greenville community.

The Center for Leadership Development is participating for the first time with the Down Syndrome Family Alliance of Greenville for the annual Buddy Walk.

The South Carolina Buddy Walk, which appropriately lands in the national month for Down Syndrome, will be held in Conestee Park, on Mauldin Road, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

The main purpose for the event is to help promote alliance and acceptance for families who have children or adults with Down Syndrome.

The Buddy Walk was founded in 1955 by the National Down Syndrome Society.

In 2014, the National Down Syndrome Society raised nearly $13 million by holding the event with the help of over 300,000 participants.

This is the first year Bob Jones University has helped out with the event.

The Center for Leadership Development is recruiting students through the Cobras, Rams, Tornados and Spartans men’s societies during society Oct. 14 and 21.

Students participating in the event will help set up the event before it begins, hand out water for the walkers during the event, and they can also walk in the event with the participants.

Student volunteers will also help with crowd control during the event and help in different areas of the event as needed.

As a sign of gratitude from the National Down Syndrome Society, volunteers will be provided lunch and receive a complimentary T-shirt.