Day 21

Nero’s Courts

January 20th, 2012

According to a plaque, Reggie Nero was a gardener, sports instructor, and life coach who organized numerous community tournaments here at Wingate Park (named after a co-founder of the NRA*) in Brooklyn. He was honored by the New York Historical Society in 2001 as an Unsung Hero for "choosing to participate" as a way of life.

* From the Parks Department page: "A Union general in the Civil War, Wingate was disturbed by the inadequate skills of the Northern soldiers, feeling they lacked discipline and were poor marksmen. After the War, in an effort to address these problems and to 'promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,' he created the NRA with Colonel William Church in 1871. Wingate was also a lawyer and writer and used the latter skill to promote his platform and the necessity of the NRA."

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