MatchPointNYC, on top of the nine indoor tennis courts, offers a full size gym with top of the line exercise equipment and three group fitness studios, a junior Olympic pool, rhythmic gymnastics area, a basketball court, Yoga studio, outdoor training field as well as a sauna. There are also incredible MMA and Sambo training programs for kids and adults. By partnering with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC has welcomed athletes from more than 12 countries – including Ukraine, Russia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Armenia and the States – competing here for international titles, explains Dmitry Druzhinsky.
Month: June 2017
MatchPoint NYC members, employees, and the center’s co-founder Dimitry Druzhinsky are humbled to be the venue of choice for several cause-driven fundraisers and events throughout each term, giving players an opportunity to shwocase their skills in fierce but friendly matches and inspiring young athletes to stay healthy, follow their passion, and do good. In addition to wall ball tournaments, Druzhinsky hosts the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, made up of Wall Street finance industry professionals competing and raising money to help improve outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals. These programs include telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more. The foundation has generated more than $500,000 i funding in just two years of being played at MatchPoint NYC.
“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” proclaimed Dmitry Druzhinsky. “Our approach has been to make it into a community hub, a kind of athletic village where Brooklyn residents can socialize, compete and collaborate.” Functions held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx raised awareness for both public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day starring Dinara Safina, professional tennis player and Olympic silver medalist; and the New York Tennis Tournament, held each year since 2014 at MatchPoint NYC. Wall Street investors including Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman come together each year to compete in what New York Tennis Magazine referred to as “one of the top tennis charity events around, and… one of the biggest and most successful events put on by the R Baby Foundation.” The event has raised over $500,000 in just two years at MatchPoint NYC, helping to benefit infant medical care through a variety of ways including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
Along with politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities, New Yorkers gather annually to watch the fast-paced competition. Local stars from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smacking the ball against the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC since 2015. According to MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, the cross-town rivalry is fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with the aim of engaging inner-city and under-served youth in sports, and also benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity work. The tournament kicked off in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the founding of the association. Dmitry welcomes this opportunity to showcase organizations that encourage a healthy lifestyle.