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Arlington Soap Box Derby

Mission Statement

The Arlington Soap Box Derby (ASBD) is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition

Core Values

  • Commitment to Community

  • Youth Education and Leadership Development

  • Family Engagement and Enrichment

  • Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Mentoring

  • Volunteerism

A message from the All-American Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott. He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale.

National Partners

First Energy
City of Akron
UA College of Engineering
GPD Group
Summit County
Huntington Bank
Taylor Made Jewelry
AKA Media
Akron Summit CVB
Spaghetti Warehouse
United Way of Summit County
Western Reserve Hospital
Montrose Auto Group
Brennan Manna Diamond
Western Reserve Senior
J.W. Didado
Greater Akron Chamber
Legacy Motors of Akron
The Okonite Company
SC Fastenings
State and Federal Communications
Thompson Electric