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BVB International Academy North America Expands Reach to Hawaii

By Nancy Lane, 04/22/24, 8:00AM HST


For Immediate Release

Elevating Youth Soccer Development the BVB Way
BVB International Academy North America, the official youth partner of the Youth Academy at Borussia Dortmund, is thrilled to announce its expansion to Hawaii, bringing its renowned soccer methodology and training philosophy to the shores of the Pacific. This monumental step marks a significant milestone in the club’s commitment to global outreach and youth development.

The establishment of BVB International Academy North America in Hawaii promises to authentically deliver the passion that the BVB player development programs known for worldwide. Our local soccer landscape here visibly shifts towards outstanding quality by offering aspiring young athletes unparalleled access to training methodologies, and developmental resources. With a proven history of nurturing talent and fostering a culture of excellence, BVB IA North America aims to inspire and empower the next generation of soccer stars on the Hawaiian Islands.

This strategic move not only provides Hawaii’s youth with unparalleled opportunities for growth and advancement in the sport but also serves as a testament to Borussia Dortmund’s dedication to fostering inclusivity and diversity within the global soccer community.

When asked for his perspective in welcoming Pono Cabrinha and the entire organization in Hawaii, Peter Brody, CEO and Owner of BVB International Academy North America said, “I had the privilege to meet Pono Cabrinha in 2023 and have, since our first meeting, recognized within him the very special character, compassion and perseverance that few natural leaders have. Pono Cabrinha, from the very first moment was focused on providing opportunities for his families and players and especially his coaches. Pono never waivered on his love of club and his goal to represent Borussia Dortmund to the highest standards and to create the success and recognition his organization deserves. We enthusiastically welcome BVB IA Hawaii into the Black and Yellow Family!

“We are thrilled to bring the spirit and ethos of BVB Borussia Dortmund to the vibrant soccer community of Hawaii,” said Pono Cabrinha, Executive Director at BVB International Academy Hawaii. “Through our presence here, we aim to ignite a passion for the beautiful game, cultivate talent, and instill values of teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship among the youth of Hawaii.”

In addition to offering elite-level training programs, BVB International Academy Hawaii will facilitate cultural exchanges, educational initiatives, and community outreach programs, further enriching the local soccer ecosystem and leaving a lasting positive impact on the community.

As part of its commitment to promoting youth development, BVB International Academy Hawaii will collaborate with local schools, clubs, and organizations to identify and nurture promising talent, providing them with a pathway to pursue their dreams of playing at the highest levels of the sport.

The arrival of BVB International Academy Hawaii heralds a new era of soccer excellence and opportunity for the youth of the islands, solidifying the region’s position as a hub for talent and innovation in the beautiful game.

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Pono Cabrinha
Executive Director