“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” says Dmitry Druzhinsky. “Our approach has been to make it into a community hub, a kind of athletic village where Brooklyn residents can socialize, compete and collaborate.” Some of the events held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx raised awareness of public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day with professional tennis star and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the New York Tennis Tournament which has been held annually at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Wall Street leaders as Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman gather each year to compete in what New York Tennis Magazine called “one of the top tennis charity events around, and… one of the biggest and most successful events put on by the R Baby Foundation.” The event has raised more than $500,000 in just the two years being held at MatchPoint NYC, money that help to improve infant medical care through a range of hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
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.
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.
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.
Covering three-acres and containing over 120,000 sq. ft., MatchPoint NYC hosts an impressive array of equipment and amenities, including a juice bar and on-site restaurant. Its most notable feature, says Dmitry Druzhinsky, is the expansive, nine court indoor tennis arena, the largest tennis facility in Brooklyn. American and international tennis greats frequent the grounds, including the former number one women’s player in the world, Dinara Safina and Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyesv. The R Baby Foundation, which provides aid to hospital programs for endangered infants, has used MatchPoint as the location for its New York Tennis Tournament for the past two years. The competition, played by Wall Street’s elite financers, has raised over $500,000.
MatchPoint NYC members, the staff, and Druzhinsky, are always honored to be the venue of choice for cause-driven fundraisers. These events give players an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches, while inspiring young athletes to be healthy, follow their passion, and do good in the community. In addition to wall ball tournaments, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts Wall Street finance industry professionals each year as they compete in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, improving outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals, such as telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more. In just two years at MatchPointNYC, the foundation has raised more than $500,000.
Back in the 1930s, according to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-revelers hitting a worn tennis ball up against the sides of wooden jetties gave the New York Parks Department the idea to build community handball courts in city parks. Today, the sport has professional ranks and is known as Wall Ball, played at athletic centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s premier 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 public health and youth empowerment. The winning team took home the trophy along with a year of bragging rights.