“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” says 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.” Some of the events held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx raised awareness of public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day with professional tennis star and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the New York Tennis Tournament which has been held annually at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Wall Street leaders as Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman gather each year to compete in what New York Tennis Magazine called “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 more than $500,000 in just the two years being held at MatchPoint NYC, money that help to improve infant medical care through a range of hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
With more than three acres of world-class facilities, including nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC ranks as Brooklyn’s largest tennis complex, and the second largest in the entire New York area. Since its opening in 2013 in Coney Island, the location has played host to dozens of charitable events attended by politicians, Wall Street traders, sports icons and celebrities who have helped to raise millions of dollars for a range of non-profit groups. Much of the credit goes to MatchPoint NYC co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, who has learned to merge his personal interest in philanthropy with his successful real estate developments.
MatchPoint NYC was proud to invite the 6th annual R Baby Foundation Tennis Tournament to its facilities in April 2016. The tournament happened at the center’s expansive indoor facilities, with tennis pros and Wall Street’s leading financers participating. Dmitry Druzhinksy discusses that the R Baby Foundation, America’s sole nonprofit organization with the mission of saving the lives of infants through the betterment of pediatric care, has contributed over $8 million towards hospital programs and helped save more than one million lives. MatchPoint NYC was also selected as the facility in 2015 for the 5th annual tourney, and Druzhinsky was pleased to announce that over $500,000 has been raised and donated to childcare initiatives, telemedicine alongside pediatric experts, mobile simulation training programs, as well as symposiums in the two years. “They are great to work with,” explained Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and one of the organizers of the tournament, “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.”
Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of the upscale health and fitness club MatchPoint NYC, understands the critical impact philanthropic work has for those in need. Through partnering with the city’s charities and public welfare campaigns, the developer continuously provides crucial support for schools, health centers, and at-risk kids. Druzhinsky knows that by delivering his time, skills, and resources, thousands of lives across New York City can be positively shaped.