World AIDS Day 2015. Watchful Eye partners with Brooklyn Nets to commemorate World AIDS Day
In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2015, Tuesday, December 1st the Watchful Eye partnered with the Brooklyn Nets organization to raise HIV awareness by promoting testing and education during their game against the Phoenix Suns, which the Nets went on to win!
The Watchful Eye’s team was joined by community leaders including, Assemblyman Walter Mosely; Bishop Gerald Seabrooks, Pastor of Rehoboth Cathedral Church and NYPD Clergy Liaison; Wendy McClinton, President of the Black Vets for Social Justice; Patrick Pagan, Project Director from the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene – New York Knows; Rev. Stacey Latimer, of Love Alive International Church, and chair of the NYC Faith in Action Coalition; the KAN Cobra Martial Arts Academy and Khari Edwards, Vice President of SUNY Downstate University Hospital Brookdale Hospital.
Other notable organizations represented at the game included the Brooklyn Borough President’s office; Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center; Brooklyn Knows Project – Steering Committee; and the Caribbean Women’s Health Association.
During the game basketball fans received a message from the public announcement system that stated, “The Brooklyn Nets would like to commemorate World AIDS Day and remind you to Get Educated, Get Tested, and know your HIV status.”
In addition to invited elected officials and local leaders there were some well known celebrities and entertainers in attendance for the game, they included hip hop artist Rick Ross, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, and actor/rapper/producer Will Smith, among others.
The Watchful Eye World AIDS Day partnership with the Brooklyn Nets represented the first time an NBA organization has publicly collaborated with a community based organization dedicated solely to saving lives through leadership mobilization, awareness programs, testing and education in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Divinah Bailey, who founded the Watchful Eye more than 5 years ago stated, “The Nets are Brooklyn’s very own basketball team. We are excited about the work that can be accomplished in collaboration with the organization. HIV education and awareness is key to changing the course of the epidemic in our community. We look forward to working together to help change the course of the epidemic in our communities.”