Mountain View Hosts Softball/Economics Classes Under Dragon Kim Foundation Scholarship

Mountain View grad Jordy Van der Werf of Bradley University was one of many notable Mountain Lion alumni who helped organize a softball/economy camp on Saturday (Andy Morales/


The Mountain View High School softball program joined members of the Sunnyside wrestling family to create their own athletic and economics camp as part of a scholarship provided by the Dragon Kim Foundationa non-profit organization based in California with this mission statement:

“To inspire our youth to impact their communities while discovering and pursuing their passions.”

The softball camp in Mountain View and the wrestling camp in Sunnyside and other projects run by youth organizations in the western region of the United States will be completed or have achieved a major milestone by September.

Dragon Fellows will present the results of their project at a Dragon Graduation Ceremony at that time and the winner, who will receive more funds from the foundation, will be the result of an online vote.

Mountain View campers received softball instruction and also studied economics throughout the day until the closing pizza night at 1 p.m. (Photos by Andy Morales/

Daniel and Grace Kim created the Dragon Kim Foundation after their 14-year-old son, Dragon, and his friend Justin Lee were killed instantly in 2015 when a large oak branch fell on them while camping in Yosemite.

“They say heartbreak is love with nowhere to go”, Daniel and Grace Kim wrote on the foundation’s website. “Our love for Dragon needed a place to land. We created the Dragon Kim Foundation in Dragon’s honor to continue his love of life, to empower other young people to pursue their passions, and to help give others access to a bright future.

Youth groups Saturday learned the basics of softball in Mountain View in addition to taking economics classes from Buena High School and graduating from the University of Arizona’s business school. Victoria Howel and Greg Sears, teacher at Mountain View Summit,

Sears was one of the economics instructors at a wrestling camp in June offered by Blue Devil wrestlers Jaime Rivera Jr., Mike Avelar and Audrey Jiménez in Sunnyside.

The Mountain Lions, including some former players who played in college, attended the camp on Saturday. Former players who served as instructors during the camp included:

Mountain View softball alumni participating in their alma mater’s softball/economics class (Andy Morales/
  • Ashley Ketchum—Colby College
  • Zaylie Calderon — UTEP
  • Mari Sandoval — Chandler-Gilbert CC
  • Jessie Niegocki—Rider University
  • Jordy Van der Werf – Bradley University
  • Chloe Cordova—Pitt to Bradley
  • Nique Payne—Newman University
  • Jessica Lozania — Pima CC
  • Nalani Cordova—Scottsdale CC
  • Raina Molina—Scottsdale CC
  • Megan Flores—Valparaiso University
  • Sierra Ornelas—Mountain View Class of 2018
  • Jordan Ruden—Mountain View Class of 2019

The free camp included softball players from kindergarten through eighth grade taking part in softball instruction and economics lessons.

More than 30 campers were present.

Mountain View Softball Coach Ramon De La Ossachief of southern arizona high school softball umpires Larry Heath and Avelar took part in the final ceremony which included a speech by Avelar about the Dragon Kim Foundation and his experience at Sunnyside with the scholarship.

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