Every year, politicians, business and media professionals, celebrities, and sports fans gather to watch the fast-paced wall ball competition. In 2015 local leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx began smashing the ball to the wall at MatchPoint NYC in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. According to Dmitry Druzhinsky, the intra-city rivalry is led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to get inner-city and under-served youth engaged in physical activity while benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The tournament first took place in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the association’s creation. Dmitry celebrates the opportunity to provide support to organizations promoting a healthy lifestyle.
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