Back in the 1930s, beach-goers hitting a worn tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties inspired the New York Parks Department to build community handball courts in city parks, notes the U.S. Wall Ball Association. Today, wall ball is a professional sport and is played at athletic centers across the country. Politicians recently joined Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a premier health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. This big annual competition – known as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health and youth empowerment. The winners took home a trophy and a year of bragging rights.