Beach-goers smacking a bald tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties back in the 1930s drove the New York Parks Department to build community handball courts in city parks, notes the U.S. Wall Ball Association. These days, the game has gone pro- Wall Ball is played at fitness centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, Brooklyn’s premier health and fitness facility, recently hosted New York politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. Billed as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” this large annual contest raises awareness of public health and youth empowerment and awards the winning team with a trophy and a full year of bragging rights.
With over three acres of high-class amenities, including nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC is Brooklyn’s largest tennis complex, and ranks as the second largest in the New York region. Since opening in Coney Island in 2013, the location has played host to many charity events attended by politicians, Wall Street elites, sports icons and celebrities working to raise millions of dollars for a range of non-profit groups. Much of this is because of MatchPoint NYC co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, who has learned to meld his dedication to philanthropy with his successful real estate developments.
Last January, New York politicians and lawmakers came together in MatchPoint NYC to discuss social issues and participate in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. According to Dmitry Druzhinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in addition to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. encourage a spirited cross-town rivalry in an effort to engage inner city and under-served youth in sports. In addition to friendly play, the inspirational leaders spoke on the importance physical activities maintain for public health and the empowerment of children.
MatchPoint NYC proudly played host to the 6th annual R Baby Foundation with pro tennis players and Wall Street’s leading financers both competing. Dmitry Druzhinksy explains that the R Baby Foundation, America’s sole nonprofit organization with the mission of saving the lives of infants through the enhancement of pediatric care, has contributed over $8 million to medical programs and helped save more than one million lives. MatchPoint NYC also hosted in 2015 for the 5th annual event, and Druzhinsky was pleased to announce that in two years over $500,000 has been raised and provided to childcare initiatives, telemedicine alongside pediatric experts, mobile simulation training training, as well as symposiums. “They are great to work with,” says Darren Port, CEO of Powered by Professionals and one of the runners of the competition, “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 the upscale health and fitness center MatchPoint NYC, understands the critical impact philanthropic work can have on a community in need. Through partnering with local charities and public welfare campaigns, the entrepreneur continuously provides crucial support for schools, medical centers, and at-risk youth. Druzhinsky knows that through time spent contributing skills and resources, thousands of lives across New York City can be positively impacted.