MatchPoint NYC members, the staff, and Druzhinsky, are always honored to be the venue of choice for cause-driven fundraisers. These events give players an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches, while inspiring young athletes to be healthy, follow their passion, and do good in the community. In addition to wall ball tournaments, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts Wall Street finance industry professionals each year as they compete in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, improving outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals, such as telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more. In just two years at MatchPointNYC, the foundation has raised more than $500,000.
Each year, politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities gather along with sports fans to watch some fast-paced competition. Since 2015 local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing ball to wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, which takes place at MatchPoint NYC. According to Dmitry Druzhinsky, a fierce cross-town rivalry is led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to get inner-city and under-served youth engaged in physical activity, and also benefit initiatives from the U.S. Wall Ball Association for education, anti-violence and anti-obesity. This tournament started in 2012 and celebrates the life of the USWA CEO’s brother Jonathan Ray, the inspiration behind the creation of the association. Druzhinsky welcomes the opportunity to host organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.
Back in the 1930s, according to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-revelers hitting a worn tennis ball up against the sides of wooden jetties gave the New York Parks Department the idea to build community handball courts in city parks. Today, the sport has professional ranks and is known as Wall Ball, played at athletic centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s premier health and fitness complex MatchPoint NYC, was recently joined by area politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament, an annual big competition – billed as the “Battle of the Boroughs” – that raises awareness of public health and youth empowerment. The winning team took home the trophy along with a year of bragging rights.