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1937 WORLD CHAMPION BOB BALLARD DIES; ENGINEERING CAREER LED TO MANY PATENTS 02.11.2022 Soap Box Derby headquarters recently has learned of the death in November 2020 of Robert Lewis (Bob) Ballard, who won the fourth All-American Soap Box Derby in 1937, as the 12-year-old champion from White Plains, New York. Ballard was 96 and was the longest-living world champion in Soap Box Derby history. His death was due to COVID-19 complications. Read More UNIVERSITY OF AKRON CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH SOAP BOX DERBY THROUGH GRAVITY RACING CHALLENGE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS 01.27.2022 The University of Akron will continue its partnership with the Soap Box Derby on its Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) STEM Team Competitions and STEM education programs. Read More SOAP BOX DERBY LOSES LONG-TIME OFFICIAL MARTY SULLIVAN 12.22.2021 Marty Sullivan, 73, a passionate Soap Box Derby volunteer on the local, regional and national levels for more than 40 years, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 21, at his home in Dover, New Hampshire. Marty had served as chairman of the Derby program’s regional directors since 2013. Read More GAR FOUNDATION PROVIDES $60,000 GRANT TO SOAP BOX DERBY TO FUND PARTNERSHIP WITH EDUSCAPE; DIGITIZE STEM EDUCATION CURRICULUM 12.10.2021 GAR Foundation has provided a $60,000 grant to International Soap Box Derby, Inc. (ISBD), to fund modernizing and digitizing all existing Soap Box Derby Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education materials and to develop new eLearning courses. Read More Soap Box Derby Receives Grant From Akron Community Foundation for General Operating 11.05.2021 The International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) announced it has received a $25,000-grant for general operating support from the Akron Community Foundation, as part of the foundation’s Civic Affairs Work. Read More GPD EMPLOYEES’ FOUNDATION PRESENTS INCLUSION DAY AT DERBY DOWNS 2021 08.03.2021 For the fifth year, GPD Employees’ Foundation presents Inclusion Day at Derby Downs on Saturday, August 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More HALL OF FAMER BILL KUNTZ HAS DIED; FORMER TRANSPORTATION CHAIRMAN 07.06.2021 Bill Kuntz, who was involved with the All-American Soap Box Derby for 50 years, died on June 24. He was 94.

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Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame Selects Three New Members for 2021 Class of Inductees 06.24.2021 The Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame has selected three new members as its 2021 class of inductees. They will be honored during the awards show at the 83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship on Saturday, July 24, at Derby Downs. Read More Schools and Clubs Competed in The Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition 06.21.2021 Teams from across Northeast Ohio competed in the Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge™ (GRC) STEM Team Competition. During the week of May 17 to May 21, 11 teams competed in the Stock and Super Stock divisions. Read More Derby Downs: Field Trip Destination for Hundreds of Akron Students 06.11.2021 Beginning Tuesday, June 15 through Thursday, June 17, 2021, nearly 400 area students will be taking a field trip to historic Derby Downs, home to the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Races. The outing is the culminating activity of a science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) curriculum jointly presented by the International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) and Akron Public Schools. Throughout the Mystery Camp program, fifth and sixth grade students from 29 local schools spend 90 minutes a day engaging in learning activities that teach the principles of physics, provide opportunities for creativity, and encourage teamwork and collaboration. Read More