According to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, in the 1930s beach-goers hit a bald tennis ball against the edges of wooden piers. This stirred the interest of New York Parks Department to create public handball courts in city parks. At the moment, the game is a professional sport commonly known as Wall Ball and is played at athletic centers all over the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a leading health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, was recently joined by leading lawmakers for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual grand competition known as “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises understanding of public health and youth empowerment. The winning team was awarded a trophy and a year of bragging rights.
A sports and fitness center for amateur and professional competitors is rapidly becoming a global destination for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and other sports. With members and guests experiencing the many options available, famous professional athletes regularly dot the facilities during their training sessions. From stars and special occasions to fundraisers, an abundance of sporting events happen at MatchPoint NYC. The adaptability and versatility of the lavish recreation facility allows for convenience and expert competitions, including the proper regulation sized facilities for accurate results. Co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky is honored about the activities and sporting events taking place at MatchPoint NYC.
Along with politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities, sports fans gather once each year to watch the fast-paced competition. Local leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC since 2015. According to MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, the cross-town rivalry is fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with the aim of engaging inner-city and under-served youth in sports, and also benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The tournament started in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the founding of the association. Dmitry welcomes this opportunity to support organizations that encourage a healthy lifestyle to complex.