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.
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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.
Following Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC’s remarkable success, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky is excited to present two more locations coming soon to New York City. The renowned real estate developer explained that one new center will be opening its doors to the community near the end of 2016, with the other slated for 2017.
MatchPoint NYC’s mission to improve the health, well-being and lifestyle of members, and this is evident throughout the groundbreaking facility. The commodious, 12,000 sq. ft. gym welcomes those wishing to push themselves on the most advanced fitness equipment on the market with on-site personal trainers, while a steam sauna and spa soothe the body after an intense workout. For parents who wish to observe their kid’s lessons or for those taking a break between training sessions, Dmitry Druzhinsky encourages a visit to the full service cafe offering couches, HDTVs, and a juice bar with views of the nine cutting edge, indoor tennis courts, half dozen mini courts designated for youth, and the world class junior Olympic-sized swimming pool. For those wishing to go a step further, over one hundred classes take place weekly in three group fitness studios and rhythmic gymnastics facility, giving members the ability to master Pilates, yoga, boot camp, and Sambo Academy. From professional athlete to child entering a sport for the first time, MatchPoint is the place to work hard, excel, and grow.
Dmitry Druzhinsky’s stepped into real estate back in 2000, when he oversaw the development of his own house. In the ensuing sixteen years, he has been the lead force behind the construction and sale of over one hundred properties. As MatchPoint NYC’s co-founder, his previous experience in the acquiring and repositioning property played a critical role in the success of the grand $20 million process. The arduous negotiations with New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals for permitting to develop the desirable three acre lot only came to fruition because the businessman worked with the city to “de-map” a road that had been unused for the past century, and crossed one of the parcels where the structure was planned. Upon opening, the MatchPointNYC became the largest recreational center of its kind in Brooklyn, and the second most expansive in all of New York.
For more than fifteen years, Dmitry Druzhinsky has been advancing New York’s residential and recreational infrastructure. The real estate developer and investor’s most recent development, MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn, has grown into the city’s premier sports, wellness and fitness facility for amateur and professional athletes and their families. The 120,000 sq. ft. luxury athletic center offers top-notch, state of the art facilities and a helpful staff of certified instructors, personal trainers, and nutrition consultants to assist members in reaching their goals in an effective, efficient, and safe environment.
MatchPoint NYC is located on three acres on Coney Island, featuring over 120,000 square feet of top of the line equipment and amenities, the most notable of which is an expansive nine court indoor tennis arena. This tennis center is the largest of its kind in Brooklyn. The luxury sports facility was co-founded by Dmitry Druzhinsky in 2013, to fulfill the lack of recreational infrastructure in the region. Because of his dedication to club members, employees, and the community, the complex has quickly grown into the preferred venue for families, professional athletes, and cause driven charitable events. “They are great to work with,” said CEO of Powered by Professionals Darren Port, who was one of the runners 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.”
The center’s rhythmic gymnastics center, basketball court, Yoga studio, and full size gym boasting top of the line equipment allow MatchPointNYC to accommodate for athletic events that other sports clubs simply cannot, according to Dmitry Druzhinsky. The USA SAMBO Open Championship, a gathering of the world’s masters of Sambo and Judo, had participants from twelve different countries meet at the facility to determine the World Champion of the sport. In an initiative of community outreach, politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx competed in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, using the competition as a platform for these prominent local leaders to speak about the importance of public health and youth empowerment.
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.