Proceeds from the 2018 edition of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup will benefit the KIPP Opportunity Campus in northwest Houston. Every year the Dynamo and BBVA Compass select a charitable non-profit to benefit from the annual exhibition match, which will take place this Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium (7:30 p.m. CT, TICKETS).
The KIPP Opportunity Campus includes KIPP NEXUS elementary and KIPP NEXUS middle school, is located in Northwest Houston and is the newest campus in the KIPP Houston Public Schools system. The campus was made possible by the BBVA Compass Foundation’s $1.8 million donation made in 2015, the bank's largest ever education investment. The campus officially opened in December 2017.
NEXUS students receive a rigorous and balanced curriculum of math, reading, science, and social studies to build reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving skills. Students also have technology, music, and physical education daily to promote creativity and emotional balance.
KIPP NEXUS is the central point for all KIPP Houston Public Schools athletic events. Consisting of two gyms, a baseball field, football field, soccer field, and track, the NEXUS athletic facilities provide a healthy, active way of life for students, families, and the community.
Houston Dynamo midfielder Arturo Alvarez is an alumnus of the KIPP educational system, having attended the first KIPP Academy opened in Houston.
“It’s great to see the Houston Dynamo support a great school like KIPP,” Alvarez said. “KIPP is all about making sure that students work hard in school so that they can accomplish ay goals they set for themselves, and taking no shortcuts! As a former KIPPster, I’ve kept that mentality throughout my soccer career and continue to apply it every day.”