According to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers hitting an old tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties back in the 1930s inspired the New York Parks Department to install community handball courts in city parks. Today, wall ball is a professional sport played at athletic centers throughout the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, a premier health and fitness complex, recently welcomed area politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. This celebrated annual competition – billed 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 rights.