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Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System sponsors child in the All-American Soap Box Derby

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Driver of the Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System car Hayden Underwood prepares to make another run down the track. Submitted

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System was the proud sponsor of a child that raced in the 14th annual First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby held June 18 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

The driver of the VBHCS Stock Division racer was young Hayden Underwood of Cookeville, formerly of Mt Juliet. Hayden participated in the car that he and his parents Joel and Amber Underwood built together in the weeks leading up to the race.

The annual "gravity powered" event is sponsored by the Cookeville Police Department, Cookeville Police Athletic League, Cookeville Kiwanis Club, City of Cookeville and Tennessee Tech University.

"This was a unique opportunity for Volunteer to become more involved in enriching the lives of the children in our communities" said Nathan Miller, director of Volunteers' Cumberland Mental Health Center in Lebanon. Miller also stated that the Cookeville race is one of only a handful in Tennessee and hopes that more Wilson County agencies and businesses involved with children and Wilson County youth become involved in this exciting activity.

The mission of the All-American Soap Box Derby Program is to educate and inspire youth through fair and honest competition and mentorship. With a primary goal to advance family values, the AASBD provides an environment in which parents, or mentors, work hands-on with racers to instill basic skills of workmanship, the spirit of competition and the perseverance to complete a project from start to finish.

The AASBD serves international youth, ages 7-18, and embraces diversity, facilitates lifelong friendships, teaches the application of math and science concepts and advocates the true spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship.

The director of the 2016 Cookeville AASBD race was Lt. Mitch Harrington of the Cookeville Police Department.

The All-American Soap Box Derby Program (AASBD) is administered by the International Soap Box Derby, Inc. (ISBD), a not-for-profit educational organization. To find out more about the All American Soap Box Derby and how to get involved, log on to

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System has provided prevention, treatment and recovery services for more than 40 years. As a leader in behavioral health care, VBHCS continues to be dedicated to the service of community members across Tennessee. For more information about the services of VBHCS contact the agency's customer service department at 1-877-567-6051 or visit the website at

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