There's a big event coming to town this weekend and that says something positive about the Imperial Valley. The El Centro Police Athletic League is going to host a state boxing tournament that will bring more than 100 fighters to the Valley for a weekend of first-rate boxing.
Some of the best amateur fighters in the state, all hungry for a chance to make it to the U.S. Olympic team will be in the Valley to take part in the event. Typically, the tournament is in Long Beach but this year that was not possible. When Long Beach didn't work out, there were few other areas ready to serve as a host. The Imperial Valley was.
This is the kind of event that can have a strong impact on the Valley on numerous levels. First, it shows the entire state that the Imperial Valley can serve as a host for major events, sporting or otherwise. Second, people who may have no idea the Valley is on the map will have a chance to see there is a lot going on in the desert Southwest. The more people are awakened to what we have here, the more attention the Valley will receive.