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HPU invests millions in athletics

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A week ago, BYU-Hawaii announced it was phasing out its athletic program in three years.  Don't take that as a snapshot of the health of Hawaii's other Pac West schools.

In fact, at HPU, the exact opposite is happening.  They're investing in athletics, deeply.

"We have 14 men's and women's programs and at this point, they're very successful," said Vince Baldemor, executive director of Athletics.

Things are going so well that HPU has actually added a sport.

"This is the inaugural season of acrobatics and tumbling.  Personally I think it's going to be one of the fastest growing sports across the nation," Baldemor noted.

Additionally, the school is making plans for a multi-million dollar complex to house the acrobatics and tumbling team, along with the basketball and volleyball teams.

"We're analyzing all the options, having conversations with various individuals to look for different locations, different options, different sizes.  We're a lot farther than we were probably a year ago, but probably not far enough that you're going to see a shovel in the ground somewhere tomorrow."

Baldemor said the athletic budget is balanced, and fundamentally solid.  He did note that any growth will require patience.

"I want to continue that path of excellence, but we also have to be pretty aware of what's happening outside in the college athletics landscape."

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