All kids deserve a chance to go race.
Sunshine State Superkids is making that happen, and a local Boy Scout working toward his Eagle is helping the cause and mission.
Sunshine State Superkids is a non-profit organization that works with children with diagnosed disabilities. Sunshine State Superkids was developed out of a passion for soap box derby racing and children.
John Bomm and his family, with help from a lot of volunteers, run the program designed to provide fun days for children medically diagnosed with disabilities in Central Florida without cost to the children’s families.
“They saw children that were not able to do much because of a disability, looked at what the parents of these children had in medical bills, then looked at the children that are in lower income areas and children that are in foster group homes that were disrupted from their homes for whatever reason,” said Brandon Keyser, a local Life Scout in Troop 192 working to help Sunshine State Superkids by building soap box derby cars for children to race in. “They are working to give the children a day that they will not forget.”
Sunshine State Superkids’ mission is to impact these children by putting together a fun day of racing that is completely free. Children ages 7 to 18 under 185 pounds are eligible to ride in the soap box cars. All children will wear provided helmets, and four-point harnesses are available in some cars if needed.
The first 2019 event was held in Tampa, and the next two events are scheduled for the Orlando area in conjunction with Manheim Auto Auction events: Feb. 12 in Ocoee (11801 W. Colonial Drive) and March 12 in Orlando (9800 Bachman Road). Similar events were held at Osceola Heritage Park in 2017-18
“We wish to show these children that there is something out there where they can have fun and enjoyment without financial and medical worries,” Bomm said, noting that the ultimate goal is to find a full-time sponsor to pay for entire race days.
Keyser’s efforts create more opportunities for children. According to Bomm, he’s had to turn families away if far more of them registered than the number of soap box cars he had available.