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Tourney benefits autism awareness

Event set for Tuesday and Wednesday

POSTED: March 25, 2013 12:27 a.m.
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Nik Verbeke looks on as his doubles partner, Jeffrey Rous serves during a ping-pong tournament last year at Norman’s Landing.

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A restaurant’s semiannual fundraiser will support autism awareness.

The 34th Norman’s Landing Ping Pong Tournament gets under way at 7 p.m. March 26 and 27 in the restaurant on Peachtree Parkway.

Owner Bill Norman said the spring tournament will benefit South Forsyth High School’s autism awareness club.

He’s hoping for a strong turnout after low numbers during the fall 2012 tournament.

“We had the lowest numbers we’ve had since we started these,” he said. “It was bad weather and some other factors, so we’re hoping for a lot of people this month.”

Norman holds a ping pong tournament every fall and spring, with each one supporting a different charitable cause.

“We’ve raised over a quarter of a million dollars throughout the years doing these,” he said.

Tournament play for singles will be March 26 with single elimination and doubles will be March 27 with double elimination.

Games begin at 7 p.m. each night. Cost is $20 per player.

Those who want to participate can register online at, although that’s not required.

Norman said players can sign up the night of play, but if they do so, they should arrive by 6:45 p.m.

“It’s always a lot of fun,” Norman said. “We’ll have … basketball on and a lot of good food, so people should come on out.”



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