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Soap Box Derby receives $20,000 Akron Community Foundation grant

November 8, 2018 GMT

Soap Box Derby receives $20,000 Akron Community Foundation grant

AKRON, Ohio – The International Soap Box Derby has received a $20,000 grant from the Akron Community Foundation’s Civic Affairs fund.

According to Soap Box Derby President and CEO Mark Gerberich, funds will be used to:

Increase participation in Soap Box Derby races.Increase the number of teams competing in the in-school Gravity Racing Challenge for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).Collaborate with community partners and offer opportunities for the underserved children.Provide a better experience for racers and spectators at Derby Downs.

The Soap Box Derby offers opportunities for racing and STEM education with the Urban League, Urban Vision, Akron Rotary Camp, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Axess Pointe, Launch Kenmore and other Akron organizations.

“The Akron Community Foundation does such tremendous work in Akron, and we are grateful that our organization has gained the confidence to be recognized with this grant,” Gerberich said in a news release. “These funds will go a long way in assisting the derby in 2019, with spreading our mission and reaching more underserved youth and working with our partners in the Akron community.”

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