MatchPoint NYC members, the staff, and Druzhinsky, are proud to be the venue of choice for several cause-driven fundraisers and events that give players an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches, while inspiring young athletes to stay healthy, follow their passion, and do good. In addition to wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts Wall Street finance industry professionals as they compete in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, which helps improve outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals; including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more. The foundation has raised more than $500,000 in the two years it’s been played at MatchPoint NYC.
Local personalities including politicians, business and media professionals, celebrities, and sports fans gather each year to watch the fast-paced action. Since 2015 leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, which takes place at MatchPoint NYC. Dmitry Druzhinsky says that the cross-town rivalry is fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with the goal of engaging inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. Started in 2012, the tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, and inspiration behind the forming of the association. Dmitry celebrates the opportunity to support organizations which promote a healthy lifestyle at his complex.
In the 1930s, according to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers lapping a bald tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties inspired the New York Parks Department to create community handball courts in the city’s parks. The game came to be a professional sport known as Wall Ball, played at athletic centers across the country. Co-founder of MatchPoint NYC Dmitry Druzhinsky was joined by politicians at his premier health and fitness complex in Brooklyn for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual big competition – known as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health issues and youth empowerment. The winning team took home a trophy and a gained year of bragging rights.