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VIDEO: Local nonprofit hosts bubble soccer tournament

Day Dreams Foundation raises money to help underprivileged children in Columbia, Missouri participate in extracurricular activities. On March 11, 2017, the organization held a bubble soccer tournament as a fundraiser. Produced by Mengtong Qian for VOX Magazine.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bubble soccer event raises money for Day Dreams Foundation

For the second year, Day Dreams Foundation hosted its bubble soccer tournament Saturday at the Missouri Athletic Center. Teams consisted of three to five players, and the minimum cost to participate was $30. All proceeds from the event go toward the foundation, which offers scholarships to children who face financial barriers and helps them take part in extracurricular activities.

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Bubble soccer benefits children’s activities

By Shanna Grove, KOMU Reporter

COLUMBIA — The Bubble Soccer Tournament Saturday is fundraising to help Columbia’s children participate in extracurricular activities.

“I know how important it is for kids to be able to participate in extracurricular activities, it gives them something to do, something to strive for,” participant Dan Pearce said.

During bubble soccer, players wear a plastic bubble that covers their head to their thighs, leaving most of their legs and feet free to run and kick the ball.

Day Dreams Foundation President Joe Bradley said he wants people to come out and have a good time and learn more about the foundation.

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is one, raising a lot of money for the foundation, that’s the most important thing,” Bradley said. “But, secondly bubble soccer is just, even if you can’t play, it’s one of the most fun things to watch. As soon as that first game starts and you see them set the ball down in the middle, and three on three people just running full force at each other and go flying, it’s a pretty entertaining time.”

Participant Elise Henn said it is cool that the foundation provides opportunities to so many kids.

She said this is her first time playing bubble soccer.

“I’m most looking forward to watching other people and the knocking into each other and falling down,” Henn said.

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SydneyKingWe also awarded a ballet scholarship to Sydney on Thursday. She loves ballet because “you get to dance and I love dancing.” She even loves rehearsing! Her next big ballet goal is to work on her foot work to make her toes be as pointy as possible.

Not only does she have a favorite color, she has four favorite colors: pink, purple, blue and black. Her favorite subject is math, and her favorite thing to do is, of course, ballet. When Sydney grows up, she wants to be a popstar like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry. She wasn’t able to pick a favorite song because she loves them all!

We asked her to tell us something special about herself, and she had a great response. “I’m cute!” Her oldest sister added that she’s cute because she has cheeks that feel like marshmallows. Sydney will do just great in ballet!


AubreeKingWe awarded Aubree a gymnastics scholarship. Aubree likes gymnastics because she likes spending time with her friends and of course, she loves learning about gymnastics. Her next big gymnastics goal is to learn how to do a cartwheel on the balance beam. What a big goal!

Aubree’s favorite colors are purple and black, and her favorite subjects in school are math and science. Both will be helpful when she either becomes an artist or a vet when she grows up. Her role model is her oldest sister, and they both sure can be silly together. We asked Aubree what was something special about her, and she said playing pranks. After meeting Aubree this is definitely true because my purse mysteriously went missing as part of one of her pranks.

Aubree will do wonderfully in gymnastics, and we know she’ll always keep things entertaining for those around her.

Shirley — Age 6

ShirleyRed, pink, math, fruit, and helping her mom at home…these are some favorites of the newest addition to the Day Dreams family! Shirley hopes to be a firefighter someday, but first she wants to to learn how to flip during her new gymnastics classes. Tomorrow is the first day of Shirley’s 6 month session at Flipz USA and as a self-proclaimed and very obviously “fun loving person,” we think she’ll do splendidly!

Isaac — Age 6

Isaac copyOn Monday, Day Dreams awarded a scholarship to Isaac so he can take piano lessons! Isaac is 6 and has three younger siblings who he can’t wait to play the piano for!

So far he knows the Darth Vader theme song (his mom taught him!) but now he’s hoping to learn some other themes, specifically the Avenger’s movie theme song. Speaking of the Avengers – watching the first movie is one of his favorite things to do (but he said he doesn’t watch the scary parts) and he likes to watch Arizona basketball because his family recently moved here from there.

Isaac is an active 2nd grader who’s favorite subject in school is P.E. His favorite colors are red and blue and he made sure to write his name on the Day Dreams blackboard in both colors!!

We are so excited to be able to help Isaac achieve his dream of playing the piano when he grows up and we can’t wait to hear him play the Avengers song!

Jacob — Age 7

JacobThe Day Dreams Foundation happily awarded a scholarship to Jake to participate in drum lessons for Access Percussion. Jake is an energetic 7 year old who brought two of his favorite cars with him to his scholarship meeting. Jake said that he loves drumming and hopes to one day play for the youth choir at his church.

Jake said he was proud that he recently received 100% on a math test, but said that his favorite thing to do at school is play. Jake said that he loves magic tricks and knows how to do a couple awesome ones. When he grows up he would like to one day be a police officer and told me his role model is his teacher because she’s really cool.
Jake and I were talking about all the great things he likes to do, and he told me his favorite thing is to get meatballs in his tum tum.
Jake is an amazing young man and Day Dreams is so happy to help him pursue his dreams of playing the drums for his youth choir one day!

A Night Under the Stars Auction Preview

There will be a few more items added before our event on June 4! Remember to purchase your tickets by Tuesday, May 31 HERE.

Golf for Four at Country Club of Missouri

Enjoy a round of golf for four people with carts at the beautiful Country Club of Missouri! Tee times are subject to availability and will not be available on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturday mornings or Sunday mornings. Certificate expires May 31, 2017.

Donated by Country Club of Missouri

Kansas City Chiefs Package

The ultimate package for the Chiefs fan in your life! The jersey is autographed by current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith, who has led the Chiefs to a winning record in each of his first three years, including two playoff appearances. Package also includes a limited edition photo of Chiefs Hall of Famer, Will Shields, an item that can only be obtained from the Chiefs. Finally, you will also receive 2 tickets to see the Chiefs play a home game in 2016.

Donated by Alex and Elizabeth Smith, Katie Bradley and the Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Royals Tickets and Championship DVD

Watch the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals live in action at Kauffman stadium this year, and then watch KC win the 2015 World Series all over again! This official film narrated by Paul Rudd contains highlights, exclusive access and interviews, and breathtaking footage of the World Series 2015. Also regular season highlights and a view of the World Series parade. Ticket vouchers are for Hy-Vee View seats and are only valid for a Monday-Thursday 2016 regular season home game. Excludes June 27-28 games and August 29-31 games.

Donated by the Kansas City Royals and Andy and Jenny Bradley

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers — Saturday, July 23

Enjoy a night out at the ball game to see two 2015 playoff teams compete on Saturday, July 23. Game is currently scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Includes two club level seats in section 311, row H.

Donated by Julie Shull

Pedro Strop Autographed Photo

Take home this Chicago Cubs keepsake for that crazy Cubs fan you know. Photo is autographed by Cubs relief pitcher, Pedro Strop, a key contributor to the Cubs 2015 playoff team and current member of the 1st National League Central place team.

Donated by the Chicago Cubs

Cardinals vs. Cubs Getaway Weekend

The perfect weekend for any Cardinals OR Cubs fan! See the Cardinals play the Cubs on Saturday, September 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago with two tickets in section 502, row 2. Game is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. and is one of the last series of the regular season, so playoff spots will be on the line! This package also includes a $50 gift card to Casey’s General Store for gas, and a two-night stay at The Hotel Blake, a beautiful 4-star hotel right in downtown Chicago! Hotel stay is for Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.

Donated by Kaye Huch and Casey’s General Store

St. Louis Cardinals Fan Package

Watch the Cardinals in action at Busch Stadium with two ticket vouchers, good for a Monday-Thursday 2016 home game. Package also includes a Cardinals throw blanket, bobblehead, program and a limited edition Yadier Molina print by artist Matthew Kammerer.

Donated by Andrew Dean, the St. Louis Cardinals and Matthew Kammerer

City of Columbia Golf Package

Enjoy four rounds of golf with a cart at either Lake of the Woods Golf Course or L.A. Nickell Golf Course. Bring three friends, or play four rounds yourself! Certificate is valid anytime Monday-Friday or after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Donated by City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

Mizzou Football vs. Delaware State

Watch the Tigers and new Coach Barry Odom take on the Hornets of Delaware State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 24. The two tickets are in the lower bowl in section RR on the west side of the stadium.

Donated by Joe Bradley and Ellen Huch

My First Bucket of Sports Stuff

This bucket contains a soccer ball, a football, a basketball, a Frisbee, a baseball bat and ball, tennis balls, a Minion’s kite, sunflower seeds and Gatorade.

Donated by Andy and Jenny Bradley

Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Experience the breathtaking, panoramic view from the deck at Les Bourgeois Vineyards that will create the perfect backdrop for your next special occasion. The Blufftop Bistro offers a full, seasonal menu during lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Package includes reserved space on the deck for your group as well as a certificate for food or wine.

Donated by Tia Wood and Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Father’s Day Reading Material Basket

This basket contains one Large Awesome Dad t-shirt and four great Children’s books about dads. Included are these titles: Dad’s First Day, Because I’m Your Dad, Tad and Dad, and Froggy’s Day with Dad.

Donated by Andy and Jenny Bradley

Pete the Cat Basket

This basket contains a stuffed Pete the cat, a Pete puppet pen, and three of Pete’s most famous books and a bubble wand.

Donated by Andy and Jenny Bradley

Raising Cane Cooler Basket

This cooler contains a keychain, a stuffed bear, chapstick, a koozie and (2) vox combo coupons. Each box combo has four chicken fingers, Texas toast, fries, coleslaw and a regular drink. Locations in St. Louis and coming soon to Kansas City.

Donated by Andy and Jenny Bradley

Dinner for Four at Country Club of Missouri

Dine in elegance at the recently renovated Country Club of Missouri clubhouse with three other friends. Certificate expires on May 31, 2017 and excludes alcohol.

Donated by the Country Club of Missouri

St. Louis Adventures Getaway

Spend a day in St. Louis and take it some awesome tourist attractions! This package includes four passes for tram tours to the top of Gateway Arch, as well as four passes to one of the family attractions at Missouri Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly House, or Shaw Nature Reserve.

Donated by Ellen Huch

Panera Bread for a Year

Enjoy one freshly-baked loaf of bread from Panera every month for a year! Certificate expires December 2017.

Donated by Panera Bread

Buchroeder’s Jewelers Gift Certificate

Use this $250 gift certificate to purchase a beautiful set of jewelry for your loved one at Columbia’s Buchroeder’s Jewelers or apply it to a larger purchase (like an engagement ring!)

Donated by Buchroeder’s Jewelers

Tour of ABC17 Studio

Go behind the scenes of the ABC17 TV studio with a few of your friends or family members! Your tour will be led by your choice of Sports Director Austin Kim, or reporter Sara Maslar-Donar.

Donated by ABC17

Wine Carafe Set with Four Tumblers

Serve your wine in style with this beautiful set from Louisville Stoneware.

Donated by Nancy Mertzlufft

Vintage Cookie Jar

It will be even harder to keep your hands out of the cookie jar when it looks this cool! This pineapple shaped vintage cookie jar will look great on any counter.

Donated by Nancy Mertzlufft

Vintage Water Pitcher

This beautifully crafted pitcher can be used to serve any number of your favorite beverages. 

Donated by Nancy Mertzlufft

Glass Wine Carafe

Serve wine at your dinner parties in this beautiful glass carafe!

Donated by Nancy Mertzlufft

Art Quilt

Take home this beautiful piece created by local fiber artist, Rebecca Douglass. Working with cloth she has painted, stamped and stenciled, a well as commercial cloth, Rebecca creates landscapes with the look of an oil painting, but rooted in the tradition of quilting. You can find her work for sale at Bluestem Missouri Craft Studio in Columbia.

Donated by Rebecca Douglass

































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