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.
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.
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.
Following the unprecedented success of Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky has announced that two more locations will soon be opening in New York City. The prominent property developer confirmed that the second facility will be opening its doors to the public in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the third opening in 2017.
MatchPoint NYC seeks to improve the health, fitness and overall happiness of its members, a mantra that is evident everywhere inside the twenty million dollar facility. The massive, 12,000 sq. ft. gym invites participants to up their fitness level with the most current exercise equipment available and complimentary personal trainers, while a steam sauna and spa welcome them to rejuvenate after a hard workout. For parents hoping to watch their children’s lessons or for those taking a breather between workouts, a full service restaurant complete with couches, HDTVs, and a juice bar sits above nine cutting edge indoor tennis courts, six mini courts built for youth, and a top-notch junior Olympic swimming pool. For training, more than one hundred classes are taught each week throughout three group fitness studios and on-site rhythmic gymnastics center, where members participate in Pilates, yoga, boot camp, and Sambo Academy. From serious athletes to youth participating in a sport for the first time, MatchPoint is the facility to learn, grow, and succeed, notes Dmitry Druzhinsky.
Dmitry Druzhinsky’s passion for property development began in 2000, when he spearheaded the construction of his own home. He has since been responsible for the development and sale of over one hundred properties. As co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, his prior experience in the acquisition and repurposing of land was instrumental to the success of the great $20 million facility. The arduous negotiation process with New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals to gain permission to develop the highly sought after three acre lot was finalized only after the businessman worked with the city to “de-map” a street which had been unused for the last century, but bisected one of the parcels where the structure was to be built. Upon its completion, the center became the largest recreational facility of it’s like in Brooklyn, and the second such complex in all of New York.
Located on a three acre lot on Coney Island, MatchPointNYC features over 120,000 square feet of top of the line equipment and amenities. Its most notable aspect is an expansive nine court indoor tennis center, the biggest of its kind in Brooklyn. This luxury sports center was co-founded by Dmitry Druzhinsky in 2013, after he noticed a lack of recreational infrastructure in the area. Due to his dedication to the club’s members, employees, and the surrounding community, the complex quickly became the preferred venue for families, professional athletes, and cause driven charity events. “They are great to work with,” noted Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and one of the organizers of this year’s tournament, “He 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 in keeping its expenses low to ensure that the money raised goes towards the cause, and MatchPoint’s generosity helps make that possible.”
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.
Druzhinsky, along with the members and staff of MatchPoint NYC, are proud to be the venue of preference for several cause-driven fundraisers and events annually, where players have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches while inspiring younger athletes to stay healthy, follow their passion, and do good. In addition to wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts a group of Wall Street finance industry professionals competing in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, which the goal of improving outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals. Programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more benefit from the event, which has raised more than $500,000 in the two years it’s been held at MatchPoint NYC.
Dmitry Druzhinsky and MatchPoint NYC staff are proud to offer a wide range of activities at their superior center for sporting excellence. Konstantin Petrov, MatchPoint’s aquatic director, is an outstanding athlete with a Bronze medal from the Olympics and Gold medal from the European Championships. The swim team he leads trains on a year-round schedule built to help athletes achieve their peak performance. Previously successful events include the International Sambo Championship, which saw participants from all over the world attend. Partnering with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC is the proud venue of choice for over ten countries sending athletes to demonstrate their Sambo, Judo, or mixed martial arts skill. In the state-of-the-art tennis facility, MatchPoint NYC offer’s the world-class junior tournament training system, a program available based on invite only to highly ranked national and international players. Offering personalized coaching, intensive drills, match play, mental conditioning, and world-class athletic events for both youth and adults, MatchPoint NYC is the premier fitness center in the region.