AKRON, Ohio – The International Soap Box Derby, in partnership with Sphere Leadership of Australia, will now offer Soap Box Derby programs in Australia.
“This is a big part of the future of the International Soap Box Derby and an unprecedented partnership in our history,” said Derby President and CEO Mark Gerberich, in a news release. “Not only will Sphere Leadership be promoting racing in Australia, but they will also help us create brand awareness, furthering the Soap Box Derby’s mission by delivering our STEM-based education program and summer camps.”
Sphere Leadership will operate under the Australian Soap Box Derby.
“The Australian Soap Box Derby is excited about building strong relationships with local schools and businesses with the engagement of students in STEM subject matter and creating a fun space where students learn and excel with a license to thrill when racing,” said Jessica Gnata, Founder, Owner and Director at Sphere Leadership, in a news release.
The derby’s education initiative, the Gravity Racing Challenge, which started in 2010, has grown to seven locations and more than 300 teams. Teams include those from classroom teams, after-school programs and youth programs, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs.
Since its inception in Dayton, Ohio in 1934, the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship has grown to include more than 110 racing sites worldwide. The championship race is held each July in Akron.