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Ping pong for a cause returning
Event to raise funds for autism group
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Noah Whitney competes in a ping pong tournament at Normans Landing last year. The next event is March 27-28 at the restaurant on Peachtree Parkway. - photo by File photo

At a glance

What: Norman’s Landing Charity Ping Pong Tournament

When: 7 p.m. March 27-28

Where: Norman’s Landing Restaurant, 365 Peachtree Pkwy.

Cost: $20 per player

For more information, call (770) 886-0100

A local restaurant will raise money for autism awareness later this month.

Norman’s Landing on Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth will hold its spring charity ping pong tournament March 27-28.

Play will begin at 7 p.m. both nights, with singles match-ups on March 27 and doubles the following night, said restaurant owner Bill Norman.

The tournaments are held at least twice a year, typically in the fall and spring, with each raising funds for a different charitable cause.

Money from this event will benefit an autism awareness group from West Forsyth High, with which the restaurant partners to help students learn about job skills.

“The kids with autism come every Thursday morning and clean the tables, roll silverware, do a lot of things for us,” Norman said. “We thought this tournament would be great for their program.”

Norman said this will be the 32nd ping pong tournament the restaurant has held since opening 17 years ago.

“I think we’ve raised over $200,000 for this community just from the ping pong tournaments,” he said.

Gift certificates to the restaurant will be awarded to the top two singles and doubles participants, Norman said, and all players will get either a T-shirt or hat. 

To sign up, participants can come by the restaurant any time before the tournament, or they can register before it begins each night. Entry fee is $20 per player.

Spectators are also welcome, Norman said.

“Spring is always our biggest tournament,” he said. “We’ll have March Madness on TV, so everyone should come out and have fun with us.”