Dallas, Texas native Dayon Hall-Jones set roots here in Kansas City after her time playing basketball for the University of Missouri Kansas City. Because of the connections she made throughout her education, Dayon (affectionately known as Day Day), was given the opportunity to coach at the University of St. Mary. After coaching for a few years, she decided to continue her education and made her way down to Emporia where she earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Upon graduation, Dayon landed a position back in Kansas City, which also led her to stumble upon UpDown events.
As a proud, Black, lesbian woman, Dayon entered the world of Human Resources professionally to help companies and her community understand the importance of diversity and inclusion by opening doors for individuals that are often marginalized or discredited. In her words, “While I have not necessarily made professional connections at UpDown events, I have expanded my personal life by linking with people that are doing positive stuff. Your events and the people I’ve met there have introduced me to a number of things that I’m proud to be a part of.” Included in that is a book club with a focus on women empowerment and philanthropy and becoming a mentor to other young women in her football endeavors.
You may have seen her at one of our events rocking some fly sneakers and exuding a laid back, chill demeanor. But what makes Dayon most special is her ability to connect with everyone. When asked what she enjoys most about Kansas City nightlife, Hall-Jones replied, “I am a loyal attendee of UpDown events. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy or attend other things throughout the city because I definitely do. But from the first event I attended with y’all, it was good vibes. Warm, welcoming, diverse, and inclusive.” As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, those qualities are extremely important to her. She also touched on how our events celebrate this diversity and embrace members of any community as long as they are there to have a good time with good people.
Dayon, we highlight you for being such a loyal supporter and advantageous member of our crowd. We value your patronage more than you know!