Description: This event is an invitational dinner hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to celebrate the victory of the Pro Wall Ball athletes that represented Team Bronx at the 5th Annual Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. After dinner, the athletes present the BP Diaz with the Johnny Ray Cup. The Cup will remain in the possession of Team Bronx until the next JRMVI event in November 2016.
Prize: $3,500.00 – The 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament
Message from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.:
“I think that the United States Wall Ball Association is a wonderful organization,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “We live in an era where kids play sports on their computers, PS4s or Xboxes, as opposed to getting real exercise. Wall Ball allows for kids to be active, while also teaching important life lessons that these kids can carry with them into adulthood, such as the importance of teamwork, self-discipline, and how to handle pressure and adversity. This goes hand-in-hand with our ‘#Not62’ campaign, where we want to emphasis not just good eating habits and exercise but an overall healthy lifestyle.”
“[Team Bronx] needs to keep doing what they did last year. Why change a winning formula, right,” Diaz said. “These kids are ‘Bronx Tough’ and I know they’ll rise to the challenge, just like they did last year. They have a lot to build on, based on their success, so I feel confident the trophy will stay where it belongs: in The Bronx.”
New York State is comprised of 62 counties. Each year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin release the County Health Ranking & Roadmaps Report which measures important aspects of population health and the critical role that non-health related factors like education, employment, income and the environment play in how healthy we are and how long we will live. Sadly, Bronx County is ranked in last place or 62 out of 62. In response to this, our office, in partnership with the Bronx Health REACH, the Bronx District Public Health Office, Montefiore Medical Center and the CUNY Institute for Health Equity at Lehman College and others, has launched #Not62. The goal of #Not62 is to bring together major stakeholders across multiple sectors to address the determinants of health, improve the health outcomes of Bronx residents, and have the Bronx move up in the county health ranking in 3-5 years.