Children in Coweta County, Ga., got a real-life taste of what it's like to race a soapbox car last April when Yamaha employees and volunteers created, assembled, and tested the vehicles as part of the company's Soapbox Derby Initiative, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The project, a collaboration with the Coweta Community Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, and Bridging the Gap, was named the runner-up recipient of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta's IMPACT Corporate Innovative Project Award, which recognizes businesses that have successfully completed innovative, creative, and impactful projects in the realms of employee engagement, volunteerism, and social impact.
"While Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation may have been named the runner-up, their support and commitment were nothing short of exceptional," Kristin Webb, executive director of the Coweta Community Foundation, said in a statement.
"Their partnership in bringing the Soapbox Derby Initiative to life showcased the power of collaboration and innovation in driving meaningful change within our community."
More than 30 employees and volunteers worked with more than 20 children to create the vehicles, which were then tested on a specially designed course.
On the day of the race, more than 30 volunteers joined hands with the foundation to set up the
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