AUI Gives Back – Act #15 AUI & ClarityHR helped the Soap Box Derby get Derby Downs ready for racing season.

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Derby Downs Clean up team from AUI and ClarityHR at the Soap Box Derby

On April 26th, 2024, the teams of AUI and ClarityHR volunteered at Derby Downs in Akron Ohio. We worked hard to get the grounds ready for the upcoming racing season. We proudly honor a long-standing Akron tradition of the All-American Soap Box Derby. Each year visitors from all over the country converge on our beautiful city to take part in this wonderful event. To put our best foot forward, we came to Derby Downs to volunteer to prepare for this year’s events.

AUI team member breaking up concrete at Derby DownsThe team at AUI and ClarityHR joined other volunteers to paint, break up old concrete, spread new dirt, and clean up the museum. All in preparation for the next class of racers coming to the track.

About Derby Downs:

Derby Downs, in Akron, Ohio, has been the home track of the All-American Soap Box Derby since it was built as a Works Progress Administration project in the late 1930s.  For 90 years this tradition has been made possible by the help of all the volunteers who continue to make Derby Downs a premier destination for the Soap Box Derby.

Today, stewards preserve this historic track for future racers. Since 1935, the All-American Soap Box Derby has taken place in Akron, Ohio. In 1936, Akron city officials decided to build a permanent facility for the race. With the assistance of the Works Progress Administration, one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the city completed Derby Downs, a soap box racetrack.

Volunteer with the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Historic Derby Downs bleachers with our team working to clean up concrete.In 2024 racers will converge in July from July 14th-20th.  The First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby requires a multitude of volunteers to make the event spectacular for a fun filled week. Learn more about volunteer Soap Box Derby HERE.

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