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About Us

The Mahoning Valley Area

Soap Box Derby Association

President Patti Postlethwait
2011 Derby Director  Mike Shook
2011 Assistant Derby Director Jeff Davis
Secretary   Rochelle Romeo
Treasurer Janice Castner
Board Member Ed Castner
Board Member  Jim Henderson
Board Member  Chris Krohn
Board Member  Ed Miller
Board Member  Jim Postlethwait
Board Member  Brook Shaffer
Board Member  Christine Terrigno
Board Member  Terry Terrigno
 Board Member Dennis Tomory



Become a member of the GYASBD Association and join our board members and other friends of the Greater Youngstown Area Soap Box Derby in making our derby the best in America.  For a donation of $5.00 you will receive a membership card, derby newsletter, a listing on our web site and finally an opportunity to assist us in putting on a successful Derby. 


For more information: 

E-mail us at 
or Call us at 330-978-0288


Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.