In addition to the nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC includes a full size gym with top-notch fitness equipment and three group fitness studios, along with a junior Olympic pool, rhythmic gymnastics center, and basketball court. A Yoga studio, outdoor sports field and sauna complement the competitive MMA and Sambo training programs for children and adults. Dmitry Druzhinsky is honored that as a partner with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC has hosted athletes from more than 12 countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Armenia and the U.S. They compete at the center for international titles.
The members and staff of MatchPoint NYC, as well as Druzhinsky, are proud to be the venue of choice for many cause-driven fundraisers and events that give players the opportunity to demonstrate skill in fierce but playful matches. The events inspire young athletes to remain healthy, follow their passion, and benefit the community. Outside of wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts a group of Wall Street bigwigs for the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, helping to improve outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals. Telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more receive help from the event, and the foundation has raised more than $500,000 in just two showings at MatchPoint NYC.
“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” Dmitry Druzhinsky explained. “Our approach has been to make it into a community hub, a kind of athletic village where Brooklyn residents can socialize, compete and collaborate.” A few of the events held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx spoke about public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day with renowned tennis star and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the yearly New York Tennis Tournament, which has taken place at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Wall Street leaders like Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman take part in what New York Tennis Magazine called “one of the top tennis charity events around, and… one of the biggest and most successful events put on by the R Baby Foundation.” More than $500,000 has been raised by the event in just the two years taking place at MatchPoint NYC, earmarked to improve infant medical care through a range of hospital programs: telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
Business experts, journalists, politicians, celebrities, and sports fans gather each year to take in the fast-paced competition. Founded in 2015, local leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. As noted by co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, this cross-town rivalry is led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and places inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, while benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity campaigns. The tournament first played in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, and the inspiration for the association. Dmitry appreciates the opportunity to support organizations promoting a healthy lifestyle to the complex.