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2017 Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame Qualifications and Nomination Process


The Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame was established in 1997, to honor individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the Soap Box Derby by promoting the betterment of the sport and its participants or by enhancing the youth racing program through significant financial or sponsorship support.

To be considered for induction into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame, candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The candidate has made a meaningful leadership contribution as a volunteer for a local race organization or the All-American Soap Box Derby for a minimum of 20 years

  2. The candidate is a sponsor, individual, company or organization that has contributed significant financial support to the Soap Box Derby organization

  3. The candidate is a former racer who has participated in a sanctioned local race of the All-American Soap Box Derby at least 10 years ago

  4. The candidate has been a staff member of International Soap Box Derby, Inc. in Akron for a minimum of 10 years

  5. If a candidate has contributed significant leadership or financial support to the organization, but dies before meeting the required years of service, the Hall of Fame committee shall have the option to waive the length of service requirement, provided that two or more years have passed since the nominee’s death. 

The nomination process for the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame is as follows:

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class, the following information must be included in the submission and return to the International Soap Box Derby office no later than Friday, April 14, 2017.

Instructions and Information

Nominations must be typed and submitted directly to the International Soap Box Derby Headquarters electronically or via mail (see below). Incomplete nominations or those that do not meet minimum requirements will be returned to nominators. 

Soap Box Derby
ATTN: Hall of Fame Committee
P.O. Box 7225
Akron, Ohio 44306
Fax: 330-733-1370

Nominations will be reviewed for accuracy and compliance by the ISBD staff. Complete nominations will be sent to the Nomination Committee for review of the value of the nominee’s contribution(s) to the International Soap Box Derby.

Your nomination submission is the primary tool used to determine the merits of each nominee for induction into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame. Please refrain from sending petitions, photos, books, etc. If additional materials are required, the ISBD will contact you. 

All submissions must include the following:

  1. Nominee’s name
  2. Nominee’s date of birth
  3. Nominee’s date of death (if applicable)
  4. Years of service
  5. Years nominee participated in the program (if applicable)
  6. Nominator’s name and signature
  7. Affiliation/Association to nominee (example: friend, colleague, employee, relative, etc.)
  8. Address of nominator
  9. Telephone number
  10. E-Mail address
  11. Describe the nominee’s history with the International Soap Box Derby.
  12. Describe the significant impact the nominee had on the International Soap Box Derby (local, national or global).
  13. Present evidence that the nominee’s achievements have (or will have) enduring value.  Where applicable, focus your comments on change that has been or will be created and how that change is expected to last over time.

The Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame inductions will occur on Saturday, July 22, 2017 during FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship awards ceremony in Akron, Ohio.