An upcoming tournament gives new meaning to the term “kickoff.” Sportsplex USA, which operates amateur playing fields in Poway and Santee, signs a partnership pact with online sports reporting site SoccerNation.com. The virtual publication is launching coverage of indoor soccer, including the action at indoor venues operated by Sportsplex. The Poway concern says it already hosts two of the largest indoor soccer leagues in the region, and the two will launch new leagues to match demand for this fast-growing participatory sport. One of the first joint events will be the Armed Services Appreciation Indoor Soccer Tournament scheduled for May 21 in Poway … Chula Vista’s Southwestern College celebrated its 50th birthday March 29. The campus displayed memorabilia from the early ’60s, including the first student handbook, school newspapers and uniforms from the era when sports teams were called the “Apaches.” The exhibit also includes audio from visits by novelist Pearl Buck and Myrlie Evers, wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. As part of the celebration, administrators, faculty and students buried a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. A spokesperson says the “interesting” stuff for the capsule includes a letter to future students penned by student body President Manny Lopez and a graphing calculator. More details at swccd.edu … Exporters and importers, and anyone else interested in the future of the almighty dollar take note: Global money guru and UC Berkeley finance professor Barry Eichengreen plans to speak on “The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System” on April 22 at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. For ducats go to economics.ucsd.edu/roundtable … Another event for the calendar. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. schedules its annual dinner June 2 with former corporate bond trader Mike Milken as the keynoter. These days Milken heads the Milken Institute, an economic think tank that sponsors an annual global gabfest that brings more than 3,000 leaders from 60 nations to Los Angeles. He’s set to discuss what we can do to prepare for the “New American Century.” For details, browse on over to sandiegobusiness.org … How ’bout a little love for a county government program? Harvard’s prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government names San Diego County’s Neighborhoods for Kids — East County program a “bright idea,” one of just 36 programs nationwide to earn the recognition. Under the program, social workers strive to keep abused and neglected children in their own neighborhoods and schools to promote better mental and physical well-being. Till next week!
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