The International Soap Box Derby has received a $20,000 grant for general operating support from the Akron Community Foundation’s Community Fund for Civic Affairs.

“The funds will be used to increase participation in Soap Box Derby races; to continue to increase the number of competing teams in the in-school Gravity Racing Challenge for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students; to collaborate with community partners and provide an opportunity for the underserved; and to provide an enhanced experience for racers and spectators at Derby Downs,” Soap Box Derby President and CEO Mark Gerberich said in a prepared statement.