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This past weekend, we were so excited to award a basketball scholarship to MeAhjai! MeAhjai has loved the game since a young age when her cousins taught her to play, and she’s been playing with the boys ever since she can remember. She’s excited to play with the girls this summer, and they’re headed to Oklahoma this weekend for nationals. She loves the sport so much that when she gets older she hopes to continue playing or coaching. Good luck MeAhjai and keep chasing your dreams!



The Day Dreams Foundation is proud to introduce our newest scholarship recipient, eleven year-old Saryia! Eventually she’d like to be a vet, but right now Saryia’s focus is on basketball, specifically “shooting, scoring, and learning how not to travel.” Saryia has grown up playing casual games of basketball, and her Day Dreams scholarship will get her involved in an organized league to help develop her game even further. Getting ready to start middle school, Saryia’s excited to make new friends – but just as importantly she plans on “keeping the old ones” too. We’re excited for Saryia and her upcoming season, join us in congratulating her!


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!

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