FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown


Thank You Thursday - Welty Family Foundation 04.20.2017 The Welty Family Foundation was established in 1999 by Jerry and Emily Welty to benefit charitable causes in the communities where they live. Areas of interest include arts and culture; civic and community; education; environment; health care; housing, human and social services; medical research; and youth. Read More Thank You Thursday - J.W. Didado Electric 04.13.2017 Since 1936 gravity has been the sole supplier of power to propel Soap Box Derby cars down the world famous Derby Downs track. Today that is still the case. However, in 2016 electric power was added trackside to help power the many events that take place at the track throughout the year. Read More Thank You Thursday - Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation 04.06.2017 Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is part of a volunteer organization that has sponsored professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for more than 60 years. Tournaments have provided over $25 million to local charities seeking to improve the quality of life in northeast Ohio. Organizations that have benefitted from the proceeds of tournaments include Akron Children's Hospital, the American Red Cross, Golden Age Centers of Cleveland, the Regional Food Banks of both Akron-Canton and Cleveland, Metroparks, the Akron Art Museum and the International Soap Box Derby. Read More NEW! California State Championship 04.05.2017 The Soap Box Derby California State Championship Race took place over the weekend and was a great success! Not only were the Stock and Super Stock Championship races held, but a major commercial was filmed during the event at the Livermore, CA track. Nintendo was on site all day to film their commercial promoting the release of their newest game: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All of the racers and their families were very excited to be a part of such a unique experience. Read More Thank You Thursday - Chris Harris 03.30.2017 In May of 2014 the International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) Board of Directors embarked on a strategic planning initiative. One of the strategic goals was to increase the value of the Soap Box Derby brand by communicating and promoting the Soap Box Derby’s mission and programs. One of the objectives was to ensure brand/logo consistency by reviewing logo design and establishing usage requirements for use by partners, sponsors and licensed race locations.
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2017 President’s Youth Volunteer Service Award Qualifications and Nomination Process 03.28.2017 The President’s Youth Volunteer Service Award was established in 2015, to recognize youth under the age of 21 who have made a positive impact on our program by volunteering and mentoring on the local or national level. Read More Thank You Thursday - Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation 03.23.2017 The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation was created to help enrich the lives of the people of Akron and Summit County, Ohio.

Born in Georgetown, Kentucky, on August 25, 1901, Mr. Corbin was the son of Lannis and Virginia L. Corbin and married Mary F. Swinney on June 14, 1924.
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University of Akron Partners with Soap Box Derby to Present Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition 03.22.2017 University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson today announced that UA’s College of Engineering is partnering with the Soap Box Derby on its Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) STEM Team Competition. The College has been named the presenting sponsor of the competitions held in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Marysville, Ohio. Read More Thank You Thursday - Joe Mazur 03.16.2017 In July of 2011 a local newspaper reporter interviewed International Soap Box Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur for a preview of the 74th running of the All-American Soap Box Derby. "Three years from now, people will look back and marvel at the changes," said Mazur during that interview. Read More Derby Spotlight - Nevin Ream 03.14.2017 Soap Box Derby racing was a major part of Nevin Ream’s life. It quickly became a family affair for the Ream’s as they all enjoyed Derby racing, from building his car to cheering him on at various races. According to Nevin’s father Bob Ream, “he loved racing with all of his heart. From that first year in 2000 of losing his last two races and finishing second, to crashing in the National Derby Rallies in 2005, he always put his heart and soul into it.” Nevin recently passed away in December 2016 just shy of his 28th birthday. Read More