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Sport Updated: 17 Jul 2019

Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai and BBVA Compass aim to create opportunities in new brand ambassador agreement

BBVA Compass and Kealia Ohai came to terms on a new deal last week to officially appoint the Houston Dash forward as the bank’s newest brand ambassador.

“I am very excited and honored to begin this partnership with BBVA Compass,” said Ohai. “I love the city of Houston and I’m thrilled to work with BBVA Compass which shares my passion to make a difference in the community. I can’t wait to get started and help create as many bright experiences for people as possible.”

I love the city of Houston and I’m thrilled to work with BBVA Compass

As a brand ambassador, Ohai will represent BBVA Compass in advertisements, community involvement activities and speaking engagements, including events during the bank’s “Year of Opportunity for Small Business” initiative. The announcement also comes on the heels of BBVA Compass Stadium’s five-year anniversary, commemorating the bank’s involvement with the Dynamo, Dash and East End community.

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"I can't wait to get started." @KealiaOhai @BBVACompass #DashOn

“Kealia represents exactly what the bank stands for and the mission we have of creating opportunities for bright futures,” said Chief Marketing and Digital Sales Officer Jennifer Dominiquini. “As a player, with so many accomplishments under her belt at a young age, she has a bright future ahead of her. As our brand ambassador, she’s going to help us create both opportunities and bright futures for Houston’s soccer fans, communities and people who plant their roots in this vibrant city.”

Ohai’s lengthy resume on the pitch includes being selected by the Dash with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, and holding the distinction of fastest debut goal for the U.S. women’s national team, scoring 48 seconds after entering as a substitute against Switzerland in October. Her background in volunteerism with multiple organizations in her home state of Utah bolsters a BBVA Compass brand ambassador roster already known for its commitment to creating opportunities for everyone’s bright futures.

"We know the importance of highlighting women athletes in the sports world." #BrightFutures

“Kealia’s philanthropic spirit and athletic achievements also makes her an amazing role model for young female athletes who want to compete on the highest level,” said Dominiquini. “The bank places a huge emphasis on diversity, and we know the importance of highlighting women athletes in the sports world, so adding Kealia as an ambassador was a no-brainer for us.”

Since its partnership with the Dynamo and Dash, the bank has donated over $250,000 to the Dynamo Charities’ Building a Better Houston initiative and more than 890 volunteer hours to the Building a Better Mind campaign – programs that include renovations for family homes in the East End neighborhood where BBVA Compass Stadium resides and providing reading and financial literacy lessons at The Rusk School. The stadium’s five-year anniversary celebration is set to take place during the Dynamo’s home game on May 12.