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 friendly matches. The benefits inspire young athletes to remain healthy, follow their passion, and do good in the community. Outside of wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts a group of Wall Street finance industry professionals 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 benefit from the event, and the foundation has raised more than $500,000 in just two years at MatchPoint NYC.
Month: December 2016
Politicians, business leaders, media professionals, celebrities, and sports fans gather once a year to watch the fast-paced competition. In 2015 local leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx began smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. Dmitry Druzhinsky notes that the cross-town rivalry is led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and serves to engage inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and benefit the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s initiatives for education, anti-violence and anti-obesity. Founded in 2012, the tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, and inspiration behind the creation of the association. Dmitry is honored to support organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.
Back in the 1930s, beach-goers hitting a worn tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties inspired the New York Parks Department to build community handball courts in city parks, notes the U.S. Wall Ball Association. Today, wall ball is a professional sport and is played at athletic centers across the country. Politicians recently joined Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a premier health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. This big annual competition – known as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health and youth empowerment. The winners took home a trophy and a year of bragging rights.