Bruno is excited to announce a partnership with Connect Refugee Soccer Academy. Connect Soccer Academy is a soccer and health education program for Rhode Island’s youth refugee community. With the help of medical students and professionals from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, refugee kids learn ways to better their mental, physical, and nutritional health—all while getting a quality soccer training experience.

Connect Refugee Youth Soccer Academy was started by lifelong friends who met playing soccer and grew to understand the value of the Beautiful Game in building community, fostering confidence, and working towards a goal. They started this program for refugee and resettled youth to facilitate the arduous process of assimilation to what can be an unfriendly and unforgiving environment. 

Connect Soccer Academy aims to provide an authentic soccer experience for children who would otherwise have limited access, to build on their love of soccer to engender self-confidence, build communication skills, and to learn about their own health. 

Bruno will kick off the partnership with a cleat and equipment drive this spring. In the fall, we look forward to including the soccer players and their families in our community activities and in scrimmages.

To learn more about Connect Soccer Academy, contact:

Bryan Rego, Co-Creator and Brown University medical student
Daniel Martins, Co-Creator and Bruno Coach