AKRON, Ohio—July 26, 2013: Myers Industries, Inc. is once again an official sponsor of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, representing this popular international racing event during its 76th year of existence. As a presenting partner of the tented service pit area, Myers will support derby officials as they properly weigh, align, adjust and make necessary repairs to the participant's cars prior to the race on Saturday, July 27.
“The All-American Soap Box Derby has been a proud Akron tradition for many years and Myers Industries is once again honored to help young racers learn, grow and achieve their dreams”
Established in 1934, the Soap Box Derby has a long history in our local community. The simple act of children racing homemade cars for fun evolved into the worldwide phenomenon it is today, with participants from over 40 states and five countries converging on Derby Downs in Akron each summer to compete for the top prize -- being crowned a champion.
"The All-American Soap Box Derby has been a proud Akron tradition for many years and Myers Industries is once again honored to help young racers learn, grow and achieve their dreams," said John C. Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Myers Industries.
"We are thrilled to have Myers Industries as a partner again for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby," said President and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby Joe Mazur. "Last year, thanks to our partnership, we were able to provide a covered pit area for the champs to work on their cars. It was a huge success and everyone was very appreciative that they could safely work beneath a tent."
About the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby
The All-American Soap Box Derby dates back to 1934, when the first event was held in Dayton, Ohio. The race moved to Akron the following year where it has been run every year since, with the exception of a four-year hiatus during World War II. Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 build gravity-powered cars to compete in more than 230 local race events throughout the United States and in several foreign countries to qualify for the championship finals at Derby Downs in Akron. In March 2012, FirstEnergy Corp of Akron became national title sponsor of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Visit www.aasbd.org for additional information about the youth program.