Sports fans mix with politicians, business leaders, media professionals, and celebrities to watch the fast-paced competition each year. Local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have, since 2015, been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. According to MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, a fierce cross-town rivalry has been fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in order to engage inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also to benefit the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The five year old tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, who inspired the creation of the association. Dmitry proudly welcomes the opportunity to support such organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.
An eminent family sports and wellness center is soon evolving into an global venue for swimming, basketball, martial arts, gymnastics and different sporting events. Members look forward to trying out the numerous facilities offered while professional athletes make full use of the venue for their unique training requirements. From distinguished celebrities to high-class events and fundraisers, many of events take place at MatchPoint NYC. The size and flexibility of the luxury recreation center makes it a perfect space for competitive events and easy usage i.e. an optimal environment for best results. Co-founder of the deluxe Brooklyn-based center, Dmitry Druzhinsky is content about the activities and sporting events being held at the MatchPoint NYC.
A luxurious rec center for professional athletes and regular New Yorkers is rapidly becoming a global destination for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and more. With members and guests experiencing the high number of activities available, famous professional athletes are utilizing the facilities during their training sessions. From stars, special occasions, and fundraisers, an abundance of sporting events are coming to MatchPoint NYC. The size and versatility of the luxury recreation facility allows for convenience and expert competitions, including the proper regulation sized quarters for accurate results. Co-founder of Brooklyn’s premier rec center, Dmitry Druzhinsky is honored about the activities and sporting events he is hosting at MatchPoint NYC.
Dmitry Druzhinsky, along with MatchPoint NYC’s staff, is proud to offer diverse activities and provide a superior center for athletic excellence. The center’s aquatic director, Konstantin Petrov, is an renowned athlete with a Bronze medal from the Olympics and European Championships Gold medals. Training on a year-round schedule, the swim team helps athletes meet their peak performance. Previous successful events at MatchPoint NYC also include the International Sambo Championship, in which the center partnered with the American Amateur Sambo Federation to welcome participants from all over the world sending athletes to participate in their Sambo, Judo, or mixed martial arts activities. The cutting-edge tennis facility at MatchPoint NYC hosts the world-class junior tournament training system, a program available based on invite only to highly ranked national and international players. Offering personalized coaching alongside intensive drills, match play, mental conditioning, and world-class sporting events, MatchPoint NYC is the premier fitness center in the region for youth and adults.
Sports fans mingle with politicians, business owners, journalists, and celebrities to watch the fast-paced competition each year. Local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have, since 2015, been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. As noted by MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, an intense cross-town rivalry has been fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in order to engage inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also to benefit the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The five year old tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, who inspired the association. Dmitry is honored at the opportunity to welcome such organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.
Back in the 1930s, as noted by the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-bums hitting a worn tennis ball up against wooden jetties gave the New York Parks Department the idea to create community handball courts in city parks. Today, the game has professional players and is known as Wall Ball, played at athletic centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s top-notch 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 overall health and youth empowerment. The winning team took home the trophy along with a year of top reputation.
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.”
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.
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.
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.