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Record Number of Schools and Clubs Set to Compete in the Soap Box Derby's Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering 05.11.2017 More than 180 teams from three states are set to compete in the Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge© (GRC) STEM Team Competition presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. On May 18th and 20th teams will compete in the traditional Stock and Super Stock divisions, along with the High School Engineering Design Challenge Division. The race is presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. Read More Thank You Thursday - United Way of Summit County 05.04.2017 United Way of Summit County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives. United Way also improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of the Summit County community to advance the common good. Read More Thank You Thursday - Fallsway Equipment Company 04.27.2017 Over the past four years Akron-based Fallsway Equipment Company has partnered with the International Soap Box Derby on a number of programs. In 2014 they were the presenting sponsor of Grandparents Day at Derby Downs along with the City of Akron. In 2016 they became the presenting sponsor of the United Way Corporate Derby Challenge which benefits the Soap Box Derby's Bill Speeg Memorial scholarship fund and supports at-risk youth in Summit County through the Derby’s STEM-based Education Program. Read More Derby Spotlight- Trey Knepper 04.24.2017 Trey Knepper has been involved with the Soap Box Derby since 2003 when he began his racing career in the Stock Division. Even as a kid, he enjoyed relating math and science to real-world situations and activities, this is where Derby racing came into play. He would take information from his physics classes, such as kinematic equations, and think about them in relation to his experiences as a Soap Box Derby racer. Read More 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