The R Baby Foundation is America’s first and only nonprofit organization with the mission of saving infants’ lives by improving pediatric care, and to date, has donated $8 million to hospital programs and saved more than one million lives. The charity’s tennis tournament was created in 2010, by Jason Pinsky, “Six years ago I saw the foundation was doing a golf event, and I suggested we should do a tennis event. The first year was sort of a test and it went well, and the demand has been high ever since. We bring together a great group of competitive guys for a great cause.” In 2015 and 2016, the Foundation is proud to have raised over $500,000 for childcare initiatives including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training programs, and symposiums, notes Dmitry Druzhinsky.
In its Junior Olympic pool and Kids Aquatic Center, MatchPoint NYC offers swimming lessons to both youth and adults. A favorite program of local residents, attendees range from toddlers to aspiring Olympians and are led by coach Konstantin Petrov. Dmitry Druzhinsky notes that they are in good hands, “Konstantin currently holds a Level 4 Certificate from the American Swimming Coaching Association, placing him in the top five percentile of all coaches in the country.” With over thirty years of experience on a local, national, and international level, Petrov is also a former Olympic Bronze medalist.
MatchPointNYC’s rhythmic gymnastics center, basketball court, Yoga studio, and full size gym with top of the line equipment allow it to accommodate for athletic events that other sports clubs cannot hold. The USA SAMBO Open Championship, a collection of the world’s masters of Sambo and Judo, saw participants from twelve different countries compete to determine the World Champion of the sport. Dmitry Druzhinsky points to a community outreach initiative in which politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx competed in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, using the event as a platform to speak about the importance of public health and youth empowerment.
Covering three-acres and featuring over 120,000 sq. ft. of space, MatchPoint NYC offers an impressive collection of equipment and amenities, including a restaurant and a juice bar. Its most impressive feature is a massive nine court indoor tennis arena, the largest of its kind in Brooklyn. Local and international tennis stars frequent the grounds, including Aleksandr Nedovyesv of Kazakhstan and former number one women’s player Dinara Safina. Dmitry Druzhinsky notes that the R Baby Foundation, a charity providing aid to hospital programs for endangered infants, has selected MatchPoint as the location for its New York Tennis Tournament for the past two years. Played by Wall Street’s elite financers, the competition has raised over $500,000.