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Welcome to the Ohio Valley Soap Box Derby Website

The Ohio Valley Soap Box Derby is a youth and family initiative of the Ohio Valley Soap Box Derby Association. The Soap Box Derby event is a uniquely family affair. It fosters parent and child interaction during every step of the process, whether it involves attending clinics, assembling the cars, or participating in practice races.  Race participation teaches our youth positive values, like diligence, teamwork, sportsmanship, competition, perseverance, and wholesome fun.


On Race Day this family interaction is really evident as each child is encouraged by their personal pit crew, family and friends who are eager to support them.


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.