“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” notes 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.” Events held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx raised awareness for public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day starring professional tennis player and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the New York Tennis Tournament which has been held each year at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Wall Street leaders including Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman come together each year to compete in what New York Tennis Magazine referred to as “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 over $500,000 in two years at MatchPoint NYC, helping to improve infant medical care through a variety of hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
With over three acres of world-class amenities, including nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC is Brooklyn’s largest tennis complex, and the second largest in the whole New York area. Since opening in Coney Island in 2013, the location has played host to dozens of charity events attended by politicians, Wall Street traders, sports icons and celebrities helping to raise millions of dollars for a range of non-profit groups. Much of this is thanks to MatchPoint NYC co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, who has learned to meld his personal commitment to philanthropy with his successful real estate developments.
Dmitry Druzhinsky notes April of 2016 saw MatchPoint NYC host the 6th annual R Baby Foundation Tennis Tournament. The event was facilitated inside the expansive indoor tennis center, and both professional tennis athletes and Wall Street’s leading financers participated. The R Baby Foundation, the country’s singular nonprofit organization aiming to save infant lives through the enhancement of pediatrics, has donated over $8 million to hospital programs and worked to save more than one million baby’s lives. In 2015, MatchPoint NYC also hosted the 5th annual tournament, and Druzhinsky is happy to announce that in those years more than $500,000 was raised and donated to childcare programs, telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training initiatives, and symposiums. “They are great to work with,” said Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and an event organizer, “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.”
Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPointNYC, Brooklyn’s luxury health and fitness complex, believes that philanthropy can leave a major mark on a community in need. By working with local charities and public welfare initiatives, Druzhinsky frequently provides crucial help to schools, hospitals, and at-risk youth. The entrepreneur firmly believes that by contributing his time, facilities, and resources on his plate, countless lives throughout New York City can be impacted in a positive manner.