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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
As a sports and fitness center for the whole family, MatchPointNYC is fast becoming a global destination for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and other activities. As members and guests sample the different activities available, famous professional athletes are enjoying the facilities during training sessions. With celebrity guests in addition to special occasions and fundraisers, an abundance of sporting events call MatchPoint NYC home. The sheer size and versatility of the luxury recreation center provides ease of use for expert competitions, with proper regulation sized facilities ensuring accurate results. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of the premier Brooklyn-based center, is excited about the activities and competitions happening 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.