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The latest news and updates from the International Soap Box Derby.

Gravity Racing Challenge: Soap Box Derby for Local Schools

AKRON, Ohio (May 18, 2024) - Rain and cold temperatures didn't stop the more than 70 Gravity Racing Challenge teams that came to Derby Downs in Akron to compete for top prizes among their peers. Four high schools competed Thursday, May 9 and 18 grade schools and youth...

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Soap Box Derby HOF and Youth Award Nominations Due May 17

AKRON, Ohio (April 21, 2024)—International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) seeks nominations for the Class of 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame and for the Annual President’s Youth Volunteer Service Award. The ISBD will present the awards at the 86th FirstEnergy All-American...

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AKRON SOAP BOX DERBY HOSTS GIRLS STEM DAY APRIL 27

We are full for 2024! Registration is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered. We look forward to seeing you! AKRON, Ohio (April 9, 2024) – International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) is inviting middle-school-aged girls to participate in the “Girls Racing to STEM”...

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Lifelong Volunteer, Butch Mitchell, has passed away

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of an outstanding member of our Soap Box Derby family. Butch Mitchell, a dedicated and passionate volunteer who poured his heart into the Soap Box Derby, has sadly passed away. He was born on April 14th, 1941. Butch...

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Soap Box Derby Names Scott Taylor as Chief Executive Officer

International Soap Box Derby, Inc., has named Scott Taylor, a 37-year veteran of leadership posts in non-profit organizations, to serve as its president and chief executive officer effective Monday, August 21. Taylor currently is executive director of The Portage...

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Soap Box Derby Introduces New Wheel for Racing Competition

AKRON, Ohio – Officials of International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) are introducing a new wheel which will be used on competitors’ race cars during the 85th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby world championships at Derby Downs later this month. The new UniGrip wheel...

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Statehouse Celebration for House Bill 423

COLUMBUS, March 30, 2023 – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine hosted a ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbus on March 29 to mark the designation of the Soap Box Derby as the state’s “official gravity racing program.” Following review and approval by the House State and Local...

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Soap Box Derby Official Michael Rushing Has Died

Michael Rushing, a long-time volunteer in the Cape Girardeau (Missouri) Soap Box Derby program and at the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby, died on March 5. He was 79. Mike was inducted into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame in July 2022. He had been...

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A Message from the Board of Directors

Hello Derby Nation, As announced earlier this year, Mark Gerberich’s tenure as president and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby (the “Derby”) will conclude on February 24, 2023. Under Mark’s leadership, the Derby has returned to financial and operational...

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Myers Industries Partners with Soap Box Derby

AKRON, Ohio – International Soap Box Derby, Inc. (ISBD) and Myers Industries entered a partnership that allows the Soap Box Derby to discount the price of Super Stock car kits and Super Stock car shells for the next 3-years. Myers Industries will be a major sponsor...

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Soap Box Derby Racing Returns for the 2023 Season

AKRON, Ohio (Jan. 24, 2023) – The International Soap Box Derby is announcing that registrations are now available for all the organization’s community events at www.soapboxderby.org. Classic events like STEM Summer Camp, Inclusion Day, Senior Day, and more will be...

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Soap Box Derby Chief Executive Gerberich Resigns

AKRON, Ohio (Jan. 16, 2023) – International Soap Box Derby, Inc. (“Soap Box Derby”) announced that Mark Gerberich has resigned as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 24, 2023.  “The board of directors of the Soap Box Derby is grateful for Mark’s...

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