On Saturday, April 16, The R Baby Foundation’s annual fundraising tennis tournament came to MatchPointNYC for the second year in a row. The facility’s co-founder, Dmitry Druzhinsky, was happy to report that the event raised over $250,000, and featured tennis professionals and Wall Street’s big-name financers.
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.
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Sports fans mix with politicians, business leaders, media professionals, and celebrities to watch the fast-paced competition each year. Local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have, since 2015, been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. According to MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, a fierce cross-town rivalry has been fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in order to engage inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also to benefit the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The five year old tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, who inspired the creation of the association. Dmitry proudly welcomes the opportunity to support such organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.