Area politicians and lawmakers came together last January at MatchPoint NYC, raising awareness for social issues and participating in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. According to Dmitry Druzhinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. encourage a friendly cross-town rivalry to engage inner city and under-served youth in the joys of sport. In addition to spirited play, the inspirational leaders gave speeches on the importance physical activities have for public health and the empowerment of youth.
In 2012, Dmitry Druzhinsky took on the most ambitious task of his career: a $20 million project to construct New York’s preeminent athletic and fitness destination. After an arduous approval process, the perfect three-acre lot in Coney Island was secured, and plans to develop a 120,000 sq. ft. complex, the largest such facility in Brooklyn, began. In 2014, MatchPoint NYC was completed and immediately boosted the standard and expectations for athletic infrastructure in New York, becoming the venue of choice for families, professional athletes, and prominent charity events. The facility’s state of the art amenities are unparalleled, allowing for an expansive schedule of training programs, organized sports, and group classes that similar spaces simply cannot hold. The facility’s dedicated and highly skilled team of certified instructors, personal trainers and nutritionists inspire, challenge and encourage members to push their personal health and well being to new heights.
Because of the unprecedented success of Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky has announced that two more locations will soon be opening in The Big Apple. The prominent real estate developer noted that the second facility will be opening its doors to the public in the fourth quarter of 2016, with 2017 seeing the third opening.
According to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers in the 1930s passed time by hitting a bald tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties, inspiring the New York Parks Department to place community handball courts in city parks. Today, the game of wall ball is a professional sport played at athletic centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a premier Brooklyn-based health and fitness complex, was recently accompanied by politicians for the annual Pro Wall Ball Tournament. This large competition – billed as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” – raises awareness of public health and youth empowerment in the area, with the winning team awarded a trophy and bragging rights.
Dmitry Druzhinsky grew a passion for property development back in 2000, when he spearheaded the construction of his house. He has since been responsible for the development and sale of over one hundred pieces of property. As co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, his experience in the acquisition and rezoning of land was instrumental to the completion of this great $20 million facility. The negotiation process with New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals was arduous: to gain permission to develop the highly sought after three acre lot, the businessman worked with the city to “de-map” a street which had been unused for the last century, but bisected one of the parcels where the structure was to be built. Upon its grand opening, the center became the largest recreational facility of it’s like in Brooklyn, and the second largest complex in all of New York.
For the past fifteen years, property investor and developer Dmitry Druzhinsky has worked to revolutionize the Big Apple’s residential and recreational infrastructure. Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, his latest project, is New York’s premier sports, health and fitness destination for residents and serious athletes of all ages. The 120,000 sq. ft. upscale complex provides comprehensive, modern facilities and a friendly staff of certified instructors, personal trainers, and nutritionists to ensure that members safely and effectively work towards their desired results.
Located on a three acre lot on Coney Island, MatchPointNYC boasts over 120,000 square feet of top of the line equipment and amenities, most notably an expansive nine court indoor tennis arena which is the largest of its kind in Brooklyn. Co-founded by Dmitry Druzhinsky in 2013, the luxury sports center filled a noticeable lack of recreational infrastructure in the region. As a result of his dedication to club members, the staff, and surrounding community, the complex has quickly evolved into the preferred venue for families, internationally renowned athletes, and beneficial charity events. “They are great to work with,” notes Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and part of the management 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.”
Dmitry Druzhinsky notes that the R Baby Foundation is America’s sole nonprofit organization with the mission of saving infants’ lives through improving pediatric care, and to date, has raised over $8 million for hospital programs and saved more than one million lives. The charity’s tennis tournament was first created in 2010, under the direction of 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 honorably raised more than $500,000 for childcare initiatives including telemedicine with pediatric professionals, mobile simulation training programs, and symposiums.
On Saturday, April 16, MatchPoint NYC hosted the R Baby Foundation’s annual charitable tennis tournament for the second consecutive year. The venue’s co-founder, Dmitry Druzhinsky is pleased to announce that over $250,000 was raised at the event, which welcomed tennis professionals along with Wall Street’s leading financers.
MatchPoint NYC offers children and adult swimming lessons in the facility’s Junior Olympic pool and Kids Aquatic Center, a program that has become a favorite of local residents. Everyone from toddlers to aspiring Olympians participates in the training led by coach Konstantin Petrov. Dmitry Druzhinsky believes the swimmers are in good hands, “Konstantin currently holds a Level 4 Certificate from the American Swimming Coaching Association, placing him in the top five percentile of all coaches in the country.” As a former Olympic Bronze medalist, Petrov brings more than thirty years of experience on the local, national, and international levels.