According to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, back in the 1930s individuals at the beaches hit a bald tennis ball against the walls of wooden docks. This created interest in the New York Parks Department to make public handball courts in city parks. Today, the game is a professional sport usually known as Wall Ball and is played at sport centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a leading health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, was recently joined by leading lawmakers for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual remarkable competition known as “Battle of the Boroughs,” enlightens people about the topics of public health and youth empowerment. The winning team was given a trophy and a year of bragging rights.
Along with sports fans, politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities gather every year to witness the fast-paced competition. Local figures from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall since 2015 in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. Dmitry Druzhinsky points out that the cross-town rivalry is led by both Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and engages inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity. The event also benefits the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. Celebrating the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the creation of the association the tournament originally formed in 2012. Dmitry gladly welcomes this opportunity to support organizations that encouorage a healthy lifestyle to the complex.
Druzhinsky, with his MatchPoint NYC members and staff, are honored to play host to several community-driven fundraisers and events that give players a place to demonstrate their abilities in fierce but friendly matches, while inspiring youth to stay healthy, follow their passion, and do good. Dmitry Druzhinsky, in addition to hosting wall ball tournaments, welcomes Wall Street finance industry professionals as they compete in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament. This event helps improve outcomes of medical care for infants by financing hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training initiatives, symposiums and more. More than $500,000 has been raised by the Foundation in the two years it’s taken place at MatchPoint NYC.
In addition to the nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC facilities include a full size gym with top of the line fitness equipment and three group fitness studios, a junior Olympic pool, rhythmic gymnastics center, a basketball court, Yoga studio, outdoor training field and sauna. There are even competitive MMA and Sambo training programs for youth and adults. As a proud partner with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC has seen athletes from more than 12 countries – including Ukraine, Russia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Armenia and the U.S. – competing under its roof for international titles.
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.
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.
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.
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, along with the staff at MatchPoint NYC, proudly host a wide range of activities, providing a superior center for sporting excellence. For example, the aquatic director Konstantin Petrov (an outstanding athlete with a Bronze medal from the Olympics and the European Championships Gold medals) trains the swim team on a year-round schedule designed to help athletes meet peak performance. Previously successful competitions also include the International Sambo Championship, where participants from all over the world attended. MatchPoint NYC partnered with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), and is proud to be the venue of choice for more than ten countries who sent athletes to participate in their Sambo, Judo, or mixed martial arts activities. In the cutting-edge tennis facility, MatchPoint highly ranked national and international players participate in the world-class junior tournament training system, a program available based on invite only. Offering personalized coaching, intensive training activities, match play, mental conditioning, and world-class competition, MatchPoint NYC is the premier fitness center in New York for both youth and adults.