Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System sponsored young driver Katie Choate in the 12th annual First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby held June 21 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
The Cookeville Police Department, Cookeville Police Athletic League, city of Cookeville and Tennessee Tech University sponsored the event.
“This was a unique opportunity for volunteer to become more involved in enriching the lives of the children in our communities” said Nathan Miller, director of Volunteers’ Cumberland Mental Health in Lebanon and Mt Juliet.
Miller said the Cookeville race is one of only a handful in Tennessee and hoped more Wilson County agencies and businesses involved with children and Wilson County youth become involved in the races.
The mission of the All-American Soap Box Derby program is to educate and inspire youth through fair and honest competition and mentorship.
With a primary goal to advance family values, the AASBD provides an environment in which parents, or mentors, work hands-on with racers to instill basic skills of workmanship, the spirit of competition and the perseverance to complete a project from start to finish.
The AASBD serves international youth, ages 7-18, and embraces diversity, facilitates lifelong friendships, teaches the application of math and science concepts and advocates the true spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Cookeville Police Chief Randy Evans said Capt. Pat Sealy was the director and Sgt. Mitch Harrington was co-director of this year’s race. To be a part of next year’s race, contact Sealy or Harrington at 931-520-5266.
The All-American Soap Box Derby program is administered by the International Soap Box Derby Inc., a nonprofit educational organization.
Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System and its local division, Cumberland Mental Health, have provided prevention, treatment and recovery services for more than 40 years.