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.
MatchPoint NYC hosted the R Baby Foundation’s annual tennis tournament for the second year in a row on Saturday, April 16. The center’s co-founder, Dmitry Druzhinsky, happily announced that over $250,000 was raised at the tournament, which featured tennis professionals and Wall Street’s leading financers.
In its Junior Olympic pool and Kids Aquatic Center, MatchPointNYC offers youth and adult swimming lessons that have become a favorite program of local residents. Swimmers range from toddlers to aspiring Olympians, and the program is led by coach Konstantin Petrov. Dmitry Druzhinsky believes in the value of the program, “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 scale to the center.
The center’s rhythmic gymnastics center, basketball court, Yoga studio, and full size gym with top of the line equipment allow it to accommodate for athletic events that other sports clubs simply cannot. The USA SAMBO Open Championship, a gathering of the world’s masters of Sambo and Judo, had participants from twelve different countries, and determined the World Champion of the sport. In a community outreach initiative, politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx competed in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, an event used as a platform for the local leaders to speak about the importance of public health and youth empowerment.
Coney Island was an area traditionally lacking recreational infrastructure, but is now home to one of Brooklyn’s newest and most popular facilities, MatchPoint NYC. Inspired by his passion for athletics and a devotion to South Brooklyn, entrepreneur Dmitry Druzhinsky co-founded the luxury sports complex in 2013 to fulfill a dire need in his community. Druzhinsky’s dedication to providing New York’s preeminent fitness experience has helped the center become the preferred venue for families, professional athletes, charity events, and world-class tournaments in New York.
Dmitry Druzhinsky, along with the staff at MatchPoint NYC, are proud to host a diverse array of activities while providing a superior center for sporting excellence. Konstantin Petrov, MatchPoint’s aquatic director, is an outstanding athlete who took home a Bronze medal from the Olympics and European Championships Gold medals. The swim team trains year-round to help athletes reach their peak performance. Previous successful events also include the International Sambo Championship that saw participants from across the globe. Partnering with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC is the venue of choice for more than ten countries sending athletes to participate in their Sambo, Judo, or mixed martial arts activities. In the cutting-edge tennis facility, MatchPoint NYC offer’s the world-class junior tournament training system, a program available based on invite only to national and international players who are highly ranked. Offering individualized coaching, intensive drills, world-class match play, and mental conditioning for both youth and adults, MatchPoint NYC is the premier fitness center in the New York City region.
Dmitry Druzhinski offers more than 120,000 square feet of available space at his luxury sports and fitness facility, prompting many leading sporting associations to look at MatchPoint NYC as an excellent place to host tournaments and special events. Professional tennis icon and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina was part of the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day, where the center’s Personal Training and Group Fitness staff offered free blood pressure tests, family entertainment and engagement in the problems caused by bullying. At the same time, a brand new, exclusive indoor cycling system was also introduced. Unlike stationary bikes, the Real Ryder Indoor Cycling system provides New York’s first real interactive cycling experience.
A sports and fitness center for the whole family is rising as a global hotspot for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, wall ball, and other events. The facility’s members and guests enjoy a number of different activities on-site, while well-known professional athletes utilize the facilities during their training sessions. With famous celebrity guests attending special occasions and fundraisers and an abundance of sporting events taking place at MatchPoint NYC, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky is excited about all that is happening at his premiere luxury recreation center. MatchPointNYC’s size and versatility allow for ease of use and expert competitions, including the proper regulation sized facilities for accurate results.
MatchPoint NYC staff, members, and Druzhinsky are proud to host several cause-driven fundraisers and events that give players an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches, while also inspiring young athletes to stay healthy, pursue their passion, and do good. In addition to wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts Wall Street finance industry professionals in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, which serves to improve outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals such as telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more. The event has raised more than $500,000 in the two years it has taken place at MatchPoint NYC.
Sports fans mix with politicians, business leaders, media professionals, and celebrities to watch the fast-paced competition each year. Local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have, since 2015, been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. According to MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, a fierce cross-town rivalry has been fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in order to engage inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also to benefit the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The five year old tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, who inspired the creation of the association. Dmitry proudly welcomes the opportunity to support such organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.