In the 1930s, explains the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers whacking 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. The game is now a professional sport known as Wall Ball, enjoyed at athletic centers across the country. Co-founder of MatchPoint NYC Dmitry Druzhinsky welcomed numerous politicians to his premier health and fitness complex in Brooklyn for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual anticipated competition – known as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health issues and youth empowerment. The winning team takes home a trophy and a year of bragging rights.
MatchPoint NYC, with more than three acres of top-notch facilities, including nine indoor tennis courts, has become Brooklyn’s largest tennis center, and the second biggest in the entire New York area. Since it opened back in 2013 in Coney Island, the complex has welcomed dozens of charitable functions attended by politicians, Wall Street traders, athletes and stars who have helped to raise millions of dollars for a range of non-profits. Much thanks is due to MatchPoint NYC co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, who has brought his personal passion for philanthropy together with his successful real estate developments.
Last January, area politicians and lawmakers came together in MatchPoint NYC to raise awareness for social issues and participate in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. According to Dmitry Druzhinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. encourage a friendly cross-town rivalry in an effort to engage inner city and under-served youth in sports. In addition to spirited play, the inspirational leaders spoke on the importance physical activities have for public health and the empowerment of youth.
MatchPoint NYC was proud to host the 6th annual R Baby Foundation Tennis Tournament in April 2016. The tournament took place at the center’s expansive indoor facilities, and both pro tennis players and Wall Street’s leading financers competed. Dmitry Druzhinksy notes that the R Baby Foundation, America’s sole nonprofit organization with the mission of saving the lives of infants through the enhancement of pediatric care, has contributed over $8 million to hospital programs and helped save more than one million lives. MatchPoint NYC was also selected as the venue in 2015 for the 5th annual event, and Druzhinsky was pleased to announce that in two years over $500,000 has been raised and donated to childcare initiatives, telemedicine alongside pediatric experts, mobile simulation training programs, as well as symposiums. “They are great to work with,” explained Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and one of the runners of the competition, “He [Druzhinsky] has really gone out of his way to invite us to work with them, and that has helped make the event really special in the two years we have had it here. The foundation does a great job of keeping its expenses low to ensure that the money raised goes towards the cause, and MatchPoint’s generosity helps make that possible.”
Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of the upscale health and fitness center MatchPoint NYC, understands the critical impact philanthropic work can have on a community in need. Through partnering with local charities and public welfare campaigns, the entrepreneur continuously provides crucial support for schools, medical centers, and at-risk youth. Druzhinsky knows that by contributing his time, skills, and resources, thousands of lives across New York City can be positively impacted.