Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby will give proceeds to Decatur Robotics

Posted by July 25, 2017

Henry Manso waits in his car for the start of the 6th annual Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby in Oakhurst.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

By Ellie Ritter, contributor 

The Madison Avenue Community Fund (MACF), the team behind the annual Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby, has announced proceeds from this year’s event will go to Decatur Robotics.

The robotics group is one of many organizations to which the Derby has donated. Every year, all the proceeds from the Derby benefit a local organization.

According to their Facebook page, Decatur Robotics is a STEAM organization (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based in Decatur “devoted to inspiring youth to be science and technology leaders and innovators.” Made up of over 100 students in the Decatur area, Decatur Robotics participates in numerous programs and competitions that deal with both robotics and fundamental life skills, like teamwork and self-confidence.

Additionally, Decatur Robotics seeks to make their program accessible to students of all incomes, allowing anyone to join the experience. Scholarships are available to students who would otherwise be unable to participate. Decatur Robotics students say it’s the “hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

This year’s Soapbox Derby will take place on October 7 at – you guessed it – Madison Avenue in Oakhurst.

The MACF relies on neighborhood volunteers to help organize the event and pull everything together on race day. Still, they depend on the financial support of local businesses, so the MACF is looking for sponsors. To sponsor or donate, visit the Soapbox Derby website.

If you would like to learn more about the Derby and how you can help, you can also reach out to


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