Day Dreams Foundation Announces Leadership Transition 


May 14, 2024 

Day Dreams Foundation Announces Leadership Transition 

CONTACT: Rick Matheny, Board President, Day Dreams Foundation, 

Please join the Day Dreams Foundation Board of Directors in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to Tricia Koedel for her four years of extraordinary leadership as she steps down this summer from her exceptionally successful tenure as our Executive Director. Since becoming our first staff member in February 2020, she has been critically instrumental in the significant growth and development of Day Dreams. We have thrived under her guidance, including the following highlights:  

  • Tricia has been largely responsible for quadrupling our annual revenues, including a 500% increase in Gala income and has helped Day Dreams to establish an appreciably expanded presence and perception in the community.  
  • She orchestrated the move of our offices to a larger and more accessible space and hired a Program Coordinator due to our exploding growth.  
  • Tricia was selected as a finalist for the Most Impactful Executive Director by COMO Magazine’s Impact COMO in 2023. 

All of her accomplishments have played a part in Tricia’s most important achievement – Day Dreams Foundation now serves three times more children per year and consequently impacts three times as many lives than prior to her arrival. 

We have begun the search for her successor and are confident that our mission and the strength of our organization will attract quality candidates allowing us to maintain our effectiveness and increase our capacity as a facilitator to the growth and empowerment of Columbia youth. We are open to all of you who share in our mission and partner in our objectives, to assist in identifying candidates who would be well suited to help us continue our journey.* 

We are grateful to Tricia for her willingness to stay on board as we complete our search and transition to new leadership. The Board of Directors is passionate and engaged, and is confidently enthusiastic about the continuing success and growth of Day Dreams. 

Thanks again to Tricia. It’s impossible to quantify Tricia’s resourcefulness and her skills as a leader, forward-thinker, and organizer. The combination of these attributes along with her passion for the mission, her drive, and her heart for the kids that we serve is immeasurable! Day Dreams has been extremely fortunate to have Tricia as our Executive Director, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors. We are grateful for her contributions and her time with Day Dreams.

If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or any other board members. 

Truly Yours, 

Rick Matheny 

*Please feel free to forward this link to potential applicants or those with connections to potential applicants: 

From Tricia Koedel, Outgoing Executive Director, Day Dreams Foundation 

It is with a mix of emotions that I announce my resignation as the Executive Director of the Day Dreams Foundation. This decision has not been easy, but after careful consideration, I feel that now is the right time for me to step back and prioritize my personal and family commitments, as well as explore new career opportunities when the time is right. 

My time with Day Dreams has been incredibly rewarding, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished together. From growing our program to reach more children in need of assistance, to fostering meaningful connections within our community, each achievement has been a testament to the strength of our mission and the passion of our supporters. 

While I will miss working alongside Annmarie and our dedicated board, I am confident that the organization will rest in capable hands. I am committed to do whatever is necessary to ensure a smooth transition as they search for the next Executive Director. 

I have met so many special Day Dreams Kids along the way, and I will always hold a special place in my heart for this incredible organization and the impact it has had on the lives of countless youth. I plan to remain a part of the “Dream Team” in whatever capacity possible. I hope to thank many of you in person at our Gala next month, and please do reach out if you’d like to keep in touch. 

Once again, thank you for your unwavering support and belief in our mission. I look forward to staying connected and witnessing the continued growth and success of the Day Dreams Foundation. 

With heartfelt gratitude, 

Tricia Koedel

Day Dreams Foundation: More Than Scholarships

Columbia Business Times Nonprofit Spotlight

By Nina Hebrank 

July 26, 2017

Most of us remember what is was like to play soccer after school with friends or be a part of a team or club after school — it’s routine for some kids, something that comes without a second thought. But often we don’t realize how important extracurricular activities can be for our youth. After-school programs can be a vital help for students on the way to becoming well-rounded adults.

Not everyone can afford the cost of a soccer uniform or activity fees. That’s what the Day Dreams Foundation focuses on — eliminating the financial barriers for students to participate in extracurricular activities. Since its founding in 2014, Day Dreams has helped nearly 150 kids participate in extracurricular activities, providing over $27,830 in activity fees, $3,184 in equipment costs, and $1,500 in college scholarships.

Kids 18 and under who are Columbia or Boone County residents and receive a free or reduced lunch are eligible for these scholarships. Day Dreams Foundation has also extended eligibility to students who are homeschooled if they fit the financial income requirements.

“I think it’s so important for kids growing up to have additional people in their life trying to put them on the right track,” founder and president Joe Bradley says. “Oftentimes, that person is a coach or an instructor in those extracurriculars.”

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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.

CLICK HERE to view the photo gallery by Claire Rounkles

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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PHOTO GALLERY: Day Dreams Foundation hosts trivia night

The Day Dreams Foundation hosted its second annual trivia night fundraiser Friday at the Riechmann Pavilion in Stephens Lake Park. The foundation, started in 2013 by MU alumnus Joe Bradley, raises money to allow children from low-income backgrounds to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports or theater.

View a photo gallery from Columbia Missourian photographer Michael Cali HERE.

Bubble soccer tourney raises money for Columbia students

COLUMBIA — Three young men slipped into plastic bubbles that covered them from head to thighs and stood on the goal line of an indoor soccer field waiting for the whistle to blow.

At the sound of the whistle, the three men, all of whom played for the team Engineers That Matter, ran toward the center line.

The engineers beat the other team, called Houlihan’s, to the ball, shot at the goal and scored. They bumped into each other to celebrate.

Houlihan’s and Engineers That Matter were two of the 22 teams that participated Sunday morning in the inaugural Bubble Soccer Tournament at the Missouri Athletic Center.

The event, organized by Day Dreams Foundation, raised funds to help Columbia children 15 and younger buy equipment and cover fees for recreational sports.

Each player had a minimum fee of $30 for the tournament, which consisted of 3-on-3 games. Participants, who had to be 18 and older to play, were encouraged to raise more money through donations.

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Bubble soccer tournament to benefit Day Dreams Foundation

An event Sunday at the Missouri Athletic Center, 2900 Forum Blvd., will feature players attempting to play soccer while inside plastic bubbles that surround everything but their legs and feet.

The bubble soccer tournament from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a fundraiser for the Day Dreams Foundation. The local not-for-profit organization aims to remove financial barriers for children wanting to participate in extracurricular activities.

Joe Bradley, founder and president, said the bubble soccer idea was pitched at a board meeting and the board was sold on the idea after watching videos of bubble soccer games.

He said there are bubble soccer leagues in Kansas City and St. Louis.

“It’s not something that’s been done in Columbia, yet,” Bradley said.

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Also, check out the Tribune Photo Gallery from the event HERE.



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