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Ping pong tourney nearing milestone
30th event is set for March 22-23
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Forsyth County News

If you're going

What: Norman's Landing Spring Ping Pong Tournament benefitting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Cumming location

When: 7 p.m. March 22 and 23; registration at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Norman's Landing restaurant, 365 Peachtree Pkwy.

Cost: $20 per event

For more than 15 years, table tennis has been used to raise funds for various nonprofits.

Norman's Landing restaurant will hold it's 30th ping pong tournament March 22 and 23 at the restaurant on Peachtree Parkway.

The tournaments are held twice per year.

The upcoming event benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Cumming facility, which is set to open in June at The Avenue Forsyth, across the street from the eatery.

The 20,000-square-foot clinic will provide specialized outpatient services for children.

Owner Bill Norman said he's expecting about "50 to 60" players to come out for the tournament.

"It's a lot of fun and we'd love to have anyone who wants to play," he said.

Over the past 15 years, the ping pong tournaments have raised more than $200,000 for a number of charitable groups, Norman said.

That's just a portion of the more than $1 million that Norman has raised for charity through a variety of ways over the years at the restaurant.

Besides the biennial ping pong challenges, other efforts have included golf tournaments, spaghetti dinners, donated gift certificates and discounted meals to emergency service workers.

Norman said the upcoming ping pong tournament will feature singles play on March 22 and doubles on March 23. Both nights will be single elimination.

"Everyone needs to get there about 6:45 to get registered," said Norman, noting play begins at 7 p.m. both nights.