Nearly 80 years ago, beach-goers hitting a worn tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties drove the New York Parks Department to build community handball courts in city parks, explains the U.S. Wall Ball Association. In modern times, wall ball is now a professional sport played at athletic centers throughout the country. Politicians recently joined Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a premier health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, for the annual Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The renowned competition – dubbed the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness of public health along with youth empowerment. The winners took home a trophy and a year of gloating rights.
Month: May 2017
Featuring over three acres of world-class amenities, including nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC is Brooklyn’s number one tennis complex, and ranks as the second largest in the whole New York area. Since opening in Coney Island in 2013, the massive facility has played host to dozens of charity events attended by politicians, Wall Street traders, sports icons and celebrities helping to raise millions of dollars for a range of non-profit groups. Much of this is a result of MatchPoint NYC co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky melding his personal commitment to philanthropy with his successful real estate developments.
This past January, local political leaders and lawmakers gathered inside MatchPoint NYC to increase awareness of social issues and partake in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The co-founder of the center notes that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. lead a friendly neighborhood rivalry in an effort to engage urban and needy children in physical activity. In addition to eclectic play, the respected neighborhood heads discussed the important role sports have for public health and the empowerment of youth, notes Dmitry Druzhinsky.
In April 2016, MatchPoint NYC proudly welcomed the 6th annual R Baby Foundation Tennis Tournament. The event happened in the complex’s expansive indoor center, with both professional tennis players and Wall Street’s leading financers competing. The R Baby Foundation is the nation’s first and only nonprofit group with the mission of saving babies’ lives via the enhancement of pediatric care, and has contributed more than $8 million to such programs and helped to save more than one million lives. MatchPoint NYC also welcomed the 5th annual tournament back in 2015, and Dmitry Druzhinsky was excited to announce that in those years over half a million dollars was raised and given to childcare initiatives, telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training initiatives, and symposiums. “They are great to work with,” noted CEO of Powered by Professionals Darren Port, 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.”
Co-founder of the luxury health and fitness facility MatchPoint NYC Dmitry Druzhinsky is aware of the important effect philanthropic endeavors can leave on underserved communities. By partnering with area non-profits and city welfare initiatives, the entrepreneur continues to give critical support to schools, hospitals, and underserved youth. Druzhinsky believes that with the donation of his time, services, and available resources, many lives across New York City will be impacted in a positive manner.