As noted by the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers hitting an old tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties back in the 1930s drove the New York Parks Department to install community handball courts throughout city parks. Today, wall ball is a popular sport enjoyed at athletic centers throughout the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, an upmarket health and fitness complex, recently welcomed area politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. This celebrated annual competition – commonly referred to as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness for youth empowerment and public health. The winning team was awarded a trophy and the next year’s bragging honors.