The sport now known as wall ball originated in the 1930s when, according to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers hitting a bald tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties inspired the New York Parks Department to install community handball courts in the city’s parks. Today, the game is a professional sport played at athletic centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s premier health and fitness center MatchPoint NYC, was recently joined by local politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual competition has gained much steam, and billed as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health and youth empowerment. The champions were awarded a trophy and a year of bragging rights.