The Norcross community is organizing a June 9th event called Norcross Together, a local grassroots movement aimed to bridge together residents of the newly annexed part of the city with the old.
With the of areas from Buford Highway to I-85, the city has acquired numerous businesses, thousands of people and much diversity. At the June event, which will have a multi-game soccer invitational, food trucks and a motivational speaker, it'll be a chance for the new citizens to connect with the city they now associate with.
“For years I’ve heard people say how much they enjoy the sense of community in this town,” said Tixie Fowler, Norcross’ Public Relations & Marketing Manager and a city resident. “Norcross will continue to flourish if we recognize our diversity and celebrate our similarities. ‘Norcross Together’ was created to do this, and while it’s facilitated by the city, it’s really a concept that the whole community owns and is organizing.”
Taking place at Cemetery Field, the Norcross Together event will center around a six-hour soccer tournament, organized by several local church leaders and the Robert D. Fowler YMCA. There will be skill competitions open to all ages and tournament-style games for youths and adults 17 and older. The teams that will be competing for a championship title, though, are being selected from the Peachtree Corners and Norcross communities.
And just before the last big game, author Joe Kissack of "The Fourth Fisherman" will be doing a presentation to further implement that sense of community for Norcross, which he also did at the in March.
As he's detailed it in the book, Kissack will tell the true story about three Mexican fisherman who were rescued after being stranded in the Pacific Ocean for nine months. He'll share personal tale, too, of how his own life was rocked when he was called to tell their story of survival, faith and hope.
“When you get right down to it, we are all the same deep inside,” explained Kissack in the press release. “We all want our lives to have purpose. And we all feel lost at times, whether it’s because of unresolved issues, addiction struggles, or a challenging situation. I see people connecting to this story; they see their own story in the midst of the fishermen’s and mine.”
The city of Norcross will also be providing event concessions with food trucks, tournament prizes and promotional support.
The free event will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at , located at 211 South Cemetery St. Kissack will start his presentation at 6 p.m., right before the final tournament.
For more information about the event and about the Norcross Together concept, contact Tixie Fowler at 678-421-2033 or 770-680-1772.