On Saturday in Coney Island, racing around Kaiser Park in home-made cars, it’s the annual Coney Island Generation Gap Soap Box Derby! Twenty teams of kids including drivers and pushers will compete for prizes in three categories: Speed, Design and Camaraderie. The event starts at 1pm in Kaiser Park at Neptune Avenue and West 29th Street. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at 5pm.
Among the names emblazoned on the cars are team sponsors Alliance for Coney Island, New York Aquarium, Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr., Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Diane Savino, State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, City Council candidate Mark Treyger, Friends of Kaiser Park, Ringling Bros Circus, and Naomi AME Zion Church Sunday School.
Race Day Sponsor Rules:
1. Please stay with your youth at all times
2. Encourage your team remember camaraderie
3. Use your team pusher they are older and can help you
4. Cheer, Cheer, & Cheer some more
“CIGG is committed to keeping our youth on a straight path,” says the organization’s founder and executive director Pam Harris. “This is why our Soap Box Derby race is so important to us.” Contributions and volunteers are welcome for Coney Island Generation Gap‘s Soap Box Derby as well as their teen media arts program.
Earlier this year, the group produced “Keeping Heads Above Water,” a documentary based on how Superstorm Sandy affected them and brought everyone in Coney Island together.
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