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About Oregon Soap Box Derby

Oregon Soap Box Derby Association (OSBDA) is a gravity racing club dedicated to promoting and enabling kids to race in the International All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD). Oregon Soap Box Derby holds races throughout the state of Oregon and is part of Region 1.

Blessed with a beautiful dedicated race track located in Salem Oregon's Bush Pasture Park and street races throughout Oregon, racers from the west coast and beyond come to compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD).

Soap Box Derby provides an unique opportunity for close adult child involvement as the “team” builds, fine tunes, and races their car. The ties developed from these relationships last a lifetime as do the friendships formed as part of the derby experience.

The mission of the Oregon Soap Box Derby Association (OSBDA) is to educate and inspire youth through fair and honest competition and mentorship. With a primary goal to advance core values of sportsmanship and family participation, the OSBDA provides an environment in which parents or other mentors work hands-on with youth to develop and apply life skills by emphasizing responsibility, the spirit of competition, workmanship, leadership, achievement and perseverance.

Serving Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, the OSBDA embraces diversity, facilitates lifelong friendships, teaches the application of math and science concepts, and advocates the true spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship.

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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.