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Special Races with Special Needs Children

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 1:48 am

With one year under their belts and an average of 40 kids per event Sunshine State Superkids is looking for a new home. The non-profit organization works with special needs and non-special needs children giving these children a free fun day of soap box derby racing. Two and half years ago, the Bomm family decided to stay in the sport of soap box derby even though their children aged out of the sport. The concept of races with special needs children has been around since 1977, but was only done at All American Soap Box Derby facilities. There is only one in the state of Florida doing only one race per year. Very few special needs children participate and the drivers had to be regular soap box derby drivers. The founders of Sunshine State Superkids put together a program of up to 8 Superkid events in the Central Florida area and acquired a building to use as storage and a work area. With the help of a lot of great people and businesses, Sunshine State Superkids put together 16 two seat cars and a program going from Melbourne to Bradenton.
During the first-year Sunshine State Superkids worked with inner-city children. Then when they got to Melbourne the program added the children in the foster group homes, since most of these homes do not have a budget to do events like this. The Sunshine State Superkids could give a full realm of children a day out. With all the support of the communities these events are FREE to all children.
Sunshine State Superkids just finished the first race of the season in Orlando at Manheim Auto Auction. The Orlando event had 30 children participate. Now it is time to get ready for Davenport on October 21st. The event will be held at Horizon Elementary School at 1700 Forest Lake Drive. The organization is looking for race and car sponsors. The sponsorships help with race day expenses to give the children participating a wonderful day out.
The organization is looking for volunteers to help the day of the event and for a couple men/boys to help Friday afternoon to put the ramps up for Saturday. The ramps take a couple of hours, they are built out of pallet racks.
If anyone can help or families looking for information, please contact Sunshine State Superkids at 352-988-5449 or sunshinestatesuperkids@gmail.com.