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.
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.
Coney Island, an area traditionally lacking solid recreational infrastructure, is now home to one of the area’s newest and most popular facilities. MatchPoint NYC is inspired by entrepreneur and co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky’s passion for athletics and devotion to South Brooklyn. After noticing a dire need in his community, Druzhinsky opened the center in 2013. His dedication to offering New York’s preeminent fitness experience has resulted in the center becoming the preferred venue of families, professional athletes, fundraising events, and world-class tournaments.
With more than 120,000 square feet of available space, many prominent sporting associations consider MatchPoint NYC, co-founded by Dmitry Druzhinsky, an excellent place to host tournaments and special events. Olympic silver medalist and professional tennis star Dinara Safina attended the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day. This time, the Personal Training and Group Fitness staff at MatchPoint NYC provided free blood pressure tests, family entertainment and engagement in the problems associated with bullying. At the same time, a one-of-a-kind, exclusive indoor cycling system was introduced. Going a step further than stationary bikes, the Real Ryder Indoor Cycling system provides the first of it’s kind in New York, a real interactive cycling experience.
A Brooklyn-based luxury recreation center designed for the whole family is fast becoming an international destination for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and other events. As members and guests take advantage of the different activities available, well-known professional athletes are on-site for their routine training sessions. From famous celebrity guests to special occasions and fundraisers, there are an abundance of happenings taking place at MatchPoint NYC. The luxury recreation center’s size and versatility makes for ease of use and expert competition, including regulation sized facilities for professional events. Co-founder of the premier sports and fitness center, Dmitry Druzhinsky, is proud of the activities and sporting events happening at MatchPoint NYC.