News

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

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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Former Regional Director George Rodenbaugh Has Died

George Rodenbaugh, who served as a regional director for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby for nearly three decades, died on October 18.  He was 85. George was a Philadelphia Police Department police officer for 20 years. After retiring from the police...

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Soap Box Derby Hall of Famer Jack Engelke Has Died

Jack Engelke, who had a long history of volunteer efforts for local, regional and national Soap Box Derby activities, died on Monday, November 28, at his home in Naperville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He was 80. Jack grew up in Wisconsin, where his first involvement...

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New Partnership with Andymark

AKRON, OHIO ---International Soap Box Derby, Inc,.   and AndyMark, Inc. have entered into an agreement to allow AndyMark to sell Soap Box Derby products to education organizations beginning immediately.  Soap Box Derby headquarters in Akron will continue to support...

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Soap Box Derby Champions to Be Recognized at the Statehouse

Representing more than 70 communities throughout Ohio, 136 Soap Box Derby Champions will be recognized for their accomplishments during the 11th annual Statehouse Recognition Day held in their honor in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, May 25. Honorees include Ohio Local...

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