A lavish recreation center for the whole family is evolving as a global hub for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and other events. Guests and members enjoy many different activities available, while well-known professional athletes use the facilities during for practice. With famous celebrity guests to special events and fundraisers, many high-profile sporting events scheduled at MatchPoint NYC. The size and function of the massive fitness center allows for ease of use and pro-level competitions, with professional sized facilities for accurate scorekeeping. Dmitry Druzhinsky, the co-founder of the upmarket Brooklyn-based complex, is excited about the competitions and sporting events taking place at MatchPoint NYC.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”