NEW YORK (Black Catholic Messenger) - October 10, 2021 - Don Victor Mooney an NYC-based HIV/AIDS activist known for sailing the Atlantic from Africa to Brooklyn, will be featured in tomorrow’s annual Columbus Day Parade in the Big Apple.
Now in its 77th year—and in-person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic—the annual event celebrating Italian culture runs on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and features marching bands, floats, groups, and public figures.
Among them this year is Mooney, a devout Black Catholic who received a papal blessing from Pope St John Paul II in 2004 before his first attempt at the daunting oceanic feat.
NEW YORK October 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- He didn’t sail the Niña, Pinta, or Santa María. On his 4th try, Don Victor Mooney, of Kew Gardens Hills, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project departed from Maspalomas, Canary Islands. Twenty-one months later, he arrived at New York’s Brooklyn Bridge aboard Spirit of Malabo by rowboat.
Before departing, Mooney toured Casa Museo de Colón in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, where he found great interest in Christopher Columbus navigational charts. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, a longtime supporter of Mooney's effort to row across Atlantic Ocean, has invited H.R. 1242 Resilience Project for the 77th Annual New York City Columbus Day Parade on October 11, 2021.
Glendale, New York (October 8, 2021) - Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, returned to a long time supporter. Home Depot of Glendale has aided the kick-off of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, Operation Arthur Ashe.
For Operation Arthur Ashe participation in the 77th Annual New York City Christopher Columbus Day Parade next week,. Home Depot supplied material to build a mobile platform for their banner.
Home Depot continues to exert humanity in our communities. Whether you're building a mobile platform, upgrading your kitchen, selecting new home appliances, or getting a set of tools, Home Depot is ready to help you create, build and celebrate your dream.
Forest Hills, New York (October 8, 2021) - Arthur Ashe brought the tennis world to its feet with his triumph in 1968. Mr. Ashe would win the first US Open Men's Singles at this location.
Operation Arthur Ashe received a big boost from West Side Tennis Club yesterday. The iconic club supplied two bags of balls that children will now use when they touch the tennis racket next week. For some, it will be the first time they ever held a racket.
It remains a privilege to have the support of this legendary club, which continues to embrace the spirit of humanity both on and off the court," said Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project.
Brooklyn, New York (October 8, 2021) - After visiting P.S. 287 Bailey K. Ashford School, Don Victor Mooney was overwhelmed by the school's neighbor. Mooney went to visit Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, where he met Denys Salas, Clubhouse Director.
In 2014, Mooney stopped in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where he met Gene Bailey, Director, Organizational Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Mooney's next port was Puerto Rico. He later coordinated his visit to Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Mooney would share the spirit to never give up.
In Brooklyn, Mooney toured Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and announced that Operation Arthur Ashe will return with tennis rackets, books, and school supplies.
Brooklyn, New York (October 7, 2021) - P.S. 287 Bailey K. Ashford School is another beneficiary of Operation Arthur Ashe. The school's mission is to continuously serve their community as a BOLD school which utilizes innovation in instruction, creativity, and global awareness to ensure that every learner, every day is making demonstrable gains in academic achievement, social awareness, and student agency.
P.S. 287 Bailey K. Ashford School believes that as a BOLD school it is their professional responsibility to ensure that all students have access to a rigorous curriculum that reflects their experiences and hopes. They are building the foundational truth towards academic excellence and preparing students to lead as critical thinkers and future leaders.
Albany, New York (October 6, 2021) - H.R. 1242 Resilience Project will drop off some tennis rackets and books during Operation Arthur Ashe Tour this month for 15-LOVE / Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation, Inc.
"Arthur Ashe was no stranger to upstate New York. This region is a part of his legacy and we couldn’t have any amnesia of its significance," said Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project.
In an email exchange, Ms. Amber Marino, executive director for 15 Love, congratulated Mooney on his row from Africa to Brooklyn. Ms. Amber went on to say, "What an amazing accomplishment – and even better that it was on your 4th try because it shows your grit and resilience. I am honored that you have reached out to us about Operation Arthur Ashe! "
Flushing, New York (October 4, 2021) - Operation Arthur Ashe can add another tennis legend to their book distribution initiative. H.R. 1242 Resilience Project is humbled to share that Ms. Katrina Adams, the author of Own The Arena, is sending some books for young readers.
"If David Dinkins, the first African American Mayor of New York City was alive today, his smile would speak volumes again," said Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project.
"This book amplifies Arthur Ashe's legacy to never give up. It's our hope that young girls from around the world will come to know about a living legend who shattered the glass ceiling and served aces on the court," Mooney added.
Ms. Katrin Adams is the first Black and the youngest person ever to serve as president, chairman and CEO of the United States Tennis Association. She was also a highly accomplished player on the WTA tour, winning 20 career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events.
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