Coney Island, an area mostly short of recreational infrastructure, now has one of Brooklyn’s latest and most remarkable facilities, MatchPoint NYC. Driven by his desire for sports and promise to South Brooklyn, entrepreneur Dmitry Druzhinsky co-founded the upmarket sports center in 2013 after noting a solid need in his community. Druzhinsky’s drive to delivering New York’s renowned fitness experience has led to the complex becoming the ideal site of families, professional sportspersons, charity events, and world-class tournaments.
The R Baby Foundation, says Dmitry Druzhinsky, is America’s first and only nonprofit organization saving infants’ lives by improving pediatric care. The charity has provided $8 million to date for hospital programs and saved more than one million infants. The charitable tennis tournament was founded originally in 2010, by Jason Pinsky, “Six years ago I saw the foundation was doing a golf event, and I suggested we should do a tennis event. The first year was sort of a test and it went well, and the demand has been high ever since. We bring together a great group of competitive guys for a great cause.” In 2015 and 2016, the Foundation raised an astonishingly high amount, over $500,000 for childcare initiatives, funding telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training programs, and even symposiums for professionals.
MatchPoint NYC was built on a three acre plot within Coney Island, offering in surplus of 120,000 square feet of top of the line equipment and amenities, the most prominent of which is an expansive nine court indoor tennis arena, the largest in Brooklyn. This premiere sports center was co-founded by Dmitry Druzhinsky in 2013, after he observed a lack of recreational infrastructure in the region. Stemming from his commitment to the club’s members, staff, and the surrounding community, the area rapidly became the preferred venue for families, athletes, as well as charity events. “They are great to work with,” according to Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and one of the masterminds behind 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.”