In 2007, Dayon established the Northwest Illinois council, which has more than 100 teams in McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone Counties.
Initially, she inquired with GOTR Chicago, in hopes that, by the time her daughter reached school age, there would be a program in McHenry County. Little did Dayon know, she’d be the one to launch it locally.
Just like the girls that GOTR mentors, Dayon was goal-driven.
“I wasn’t sure about starting a nonprofit at first, but when you set a goal and reach it, you feel more confident about the next one, and the one after that,” she says.