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About Us

The Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville is the sponsor of numerous programs to benefit the children of the Hopkinsville and Christian County community.  The Kiwanis Hopkinsville Soapbox Derby benefits children in two different ways:  through direct one-on-one mentoring and fundraising to provide for the many other childrens programs supported by Kiwanis.

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time."

Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

What is the Soap Box Derby?

The All-American Soap Box Derby, “The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World,” is a youth gravity-racing program boys and girls ages 7 through 20 years old.

The goals of the Soap Box Derby program have not changed since it began in 1934:

* to promote families working together,
* to teach children basic skills of workmanship along with the spirit of competition,
* and the perseverance to continue a project to completion.

Across the United States and around the world, family time is spent together building Soap Box Derby cars. Lifelong bonds are developed as the “Derby Experience” is shared. The Soap Box Derby is a program that will provide cherished memories that you will enjoy for a lifetime.


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.