SHARPSVILLE, Pa (WKBN) – The Super Kids Soap Box Derby took place Saturday in Sharpsville.
The Timmermans, from Austintown, feel that racing is a family affair.
“It’s difficult to find things for your children with special needs to be involved in,” Sandee Timmerman said.
The four Timmerman children take part in the Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids Soap Box Derby every year.
“It’s a great opportunity, and they just think it’s the biggest deal and they look forward to it every year,” Sandee said.
Bill Timmerman said that the event is wonderful and the event is adapted to the needs of the kids.
At the top of the hill, each special needs racer is paired up with a volunteer driver. The teams race two at a time. Once they cross the finish line, volunteers help the kids out of the soap box car. Then they can ride back to the top in a golf cart or wheelchair-accessible bus.
“It’s pretty fun being with friends,” said Tatum Mound, a racer.
“They get all the kids with special needs involved in the racing. It keeps them active during the summer because they’re not in school. So they get to have fun with their friends and keep in touch. Then they get to go down the hill and have fun,” said Cindy Mound of Austintown, a mother of one of the racers.
The 28 racers compete in a bracket to win the race.
The back of every t-shirt says Champion.