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About Us

The local race is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau.  Founded in 1919, the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club provides the opportunity to interact with professionals in our community, work together to address community needs, assist with Rotary International's humanitarian service efforts, and establish contacts with an international network of professionals.

The race is usually held on the first Saturday in May, and is run on North Sprigg Street between Bertling and Lexington Streets in Cape Girardeau.  Kids ages 7-18 race to compete for a spot at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby race in Akron, Ohio.  




Mission Statement

The 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.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.