(03/27/14) - Imagine Flint as Hero Town USA. It's an image some people are working to create.
"There are so many great things about Flint," said Adam Hartley, of Hero Town USA.
This group is trying to focus on those positives - with Flint's image in mind.
"Hero Town USA is really our initiative to make Flint known throughout the world - as this is where heroes are made," Hartley said.
They plan to spread that message through a conference that will be held right in the city this year.
The September event will mark the second year of the Hero Round Table. The goal is to spark change by inspiring others via the example of people who've already reached success.
The path to success for former Michigan State Spartan and NBA player Morris Peterson started in his hometown.
"All the heroes are stepping up to show the city what we can do. We've been through a lot of adversity, but message is, you'll get knocked down, but it's about getting back up," he said. "I know the message. I know what the kids need. They want to see guys who've been through it."
He hopes that message will help spark change.
"The opposite of a hero is a bystander, so instead of being bystanders and let other people write our story in Flint, we are going to step up, take action and we are going to change our culture and environment to be positive," Hartley said.
The Hero Conference will be held Sept. 19 and 20 at the Whiting Auditorium.
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