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International Soap Box Derby Receives $50,000 Grant From GAR Foundation


The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation awarded the International Soap Box Derby $50,000 for general operations in 2015 at its February meeting.

The International Soap Box Derby is a nonprofit organization serving youth and adults in the Greater Akron area. The award from GAR will be used to continue the Derby’s mission of building knowledge and character, and creating meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

“The Derby has gone through a notable transformation over the last several years and GAR Foundation has been a large supporter of that transformation,” said Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur. “GAR’s mission is to invest in Greater Akron to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community. The Derby is extremely grateful to have GAR as a partner.”

In addition to the $50,000 from GAR Foundation in 2015, the Derby previously received $70,000 for its expansion of educational offerings through the STEM-based Education Program.

About The International Soap Box Derby
The International 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. The Derby’s Core Values and Drivers include: Youth Education and Leadership Development; Family Engagement and Enrichment; Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Teamwork and Collaboration; Mentoring; Volunteerism; and Commitment to Community. The Derby’s two youth initiatives are the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby racing program and the STEM-based Education Program, which provides educational opportunities for K-12 youth worldwide through Soap Box Derby racing. The Derby dates back to 1934, when the first All-American race was held in Dayton, Ohio.


Rachel Whinnery
Communications Manager                        
International Soap Box Derby                  
330.733.8723, ext. 20