The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
World Championships


Want to be a part of the exciting events happening at Derby Downs? We are always looking for energetic, dedicated individuals who are willing to volunteer for our many events. There are several ways to get involved! 

As part of our volunteer team, you will be invited to an exclusive event just for you! At this event, you will have the unique experience to take a ride down the Derby Downs track in an adult Soap Box Derby car and enjoy a cookout, fun activities, and prizes.

Make this a group volunteer effort by bringing along friends and family! 

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Looking to Join a Committee?

Apply to be a member of the A-Team and Racing Commission!

If you're interested, email us at Elections are held annually in October. All existing Racing Commission members running for re-election must notify the Nominating Committee of their intentions before October 1.


Race Week | July 14-20

Each July, Soap Box Derby Champions from around the globe earn a trip to Akron, Ohio to compete in the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. We host a week of fun-filled events for Champs and their families culminating in the annual running of the World Championship Soap Box Derby. 

Join in on the fun and volunteer for any number of events throughout the week. It is truly a one of a kind experience! Take a look through our volunteer position descriptions to help you find the best fit for you. 

Register to Volunteer  


Top 10 reasons to consider volunteering at the Soap Box Derby

  • The awesome volunteer shirt and baseball cap
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  • Team building opportunities
  • Volunteer as a group with your family, friends or co-workers
  • Enjoy the excitement and energy of the races
  • Contribute to the Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World™
  • Earn community service hours
  • Make dreams come true
  • Meet champs from 37 states and 4 countries
  • Meet others in your community and walk away with new friends
  • Experience the Thrill of the Hill for yourself at our Volunteer appreciation party


If you have any questions, please contact Heather Morrow, Director of Operations at  330.733.8723 ext.  20 or