Business professionals, media, politicians, celebrities, and sports fans gather annually to watch the fast-paced competition. Beginning in 2015, local leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. According to co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, this cross-town rivalry is led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and engages inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, while benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The tournament first took place in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, and the inspiration behind creating the association. Dmitry welcomes the opportunity to support organizations promoting a healthy lifestyle to the complex.
MatchPoint NYC’s mission to improve the health, fitness and overall well being of its members is evident in every facet of the multi-million dollar facility. The spacious, 12,000 sq. ft. gym invites participants to reinvent themselves with the most advanced exercise equipment available and complimentary personal trainers, while a steam sauna and spa offer relaxation and rejuvenation after a taxing workout. For parents who wish to watch their children during lessons or for those taking a break between training sessions, a full service restaurant equipped with couches, HDTVs, and a juice bar overlooking the nine cutting edge, indoor tennis courts, six mini courts designated for youth, and a world class junior Olympic pool. In addition, over one hundred classes are held each week in three group fitness studios and a rhythmic gymnastics center, including Pilates, yoga, boot camp, and Sambo Academy. From professional athletes to children entering a sport for the first time, MatchPoint provides the means to learn, excel, and succeed.
Real estate investor and developer Dmitry Druzhinsky has been revolutionizing the residential and recreational infrastructure of New York for more than fifteen years now. His latest facility, Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, has become the city’s premier sports, health and fitness center preferred by both amateur and professional athletes of all ages. With 120,000 sq. ft. of across-the-board, state of the art facilities and a friendly team of certified instructors, personal trainers, and nutrition consultants, this luxury facility strives to ensure that each member achieves his or her desired results through an effective, efficient, and safe process.
MatchPoint NYC is located three acre lot of Coney Island and offers over 120,000 square feet of top of the line equipment and amenities, most notably aspect an extensive nine court indoor tennis arena, the largest of its kind in Brooklyn. The luxury sports center was co-founded by Dmitry Druzhinsky in 2013, after noticing a lack of recreational infrastructure in the region. With unparalleled dedication to club members, employees, and the community, Druzhinsky’s complex has quickly become the preferred venue for families, professional athletes, and cause driven charity events. “They are great to work with,” points out Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and one of the runners of this year’s event. “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.”
The R Baby Foundation is the first and only nonprofit organization in America with the mission of saving infants’ lives with improved pediatric care, and to this point, has donated $8 million to hospital programs and saved more than one million lives. The charity’s yearly tennis tournament began back in 2010. “Six years ago I saw the foundation was doing a golf event, and I suggested we should do a tennis event,” said founder Jason Pinsky. “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.” Dmitry Druzhinsky notes that the Foundation is proud to have raised over $500,000 for childcare initiatives in the past two years, including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training programs, and symposiums.