In the 1930s, according to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers lapping a bald tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties inspired the New York Parks Department to create community handball courts in the city’s parks. The game came to be a professional sport known as Wall Ball, played at athletic centers across the country. Co-founder of MatchPoint NYC Dmitry Druzhinsky was joined by politicians at his premier health and fitness complex in Brooklyn for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual big competition – known as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health issues and youth empowerment. The winning team took home a trophy and a gained year of bragging rights.