According to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, in the 1930s beach-goers hit a bald tennis ball against the edges of wooden piers. This stirred the interest of New York Parks Department to create public handball courts in city parks. At the moment, the game is a professional sport commonly known as Wall Ball and is played at athletic centers all over the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a leading health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, was recently joined by leading lawmakers for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual grand competition known as “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises understanding of public health and youth empowerment. The winning team was awarded a trophy and a year of bragging rights.
MatchPoint NYC houses a full size gym with top of the line fitness equipment, three group fitness studios, along with a junior Olympic pool, rhythmic gymnastics center, and basketball court in addition to its nine tennis courts. A Yoga studio, outdoor training field and sauna are also offered, along with the competitive MMA and Sambo training programs for youth and adults. Dmitry Druzhinsky notes that as a proud partner of the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC has hosted athletes from more than 12 countries – including Ukraine, Russia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Armenia and the U.S. – competing in New York for international titles.
Dmitry Druzhinsky, and his fitness center MatchPoint NYC , along with members and staff, are proud to be the facility of choice for a number of cause-driven fundraisers and events that give community members the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches, and inspiring young athletes to stay healthy, follow their passion, and do good. Beyond just wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky hosts Wall Street finance industry professionals for the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament, where they compete to help improve programs for medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals; including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, and symposiums, among others. In the two years it’s been hosted at MatchPoint NYC, the foundation has generated more than $500,000.
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.
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.
In 2012, Dmitry Druzhinsky assumed the most aspiring contract of his career: a $20 million project to construct New York’s preeminent athletic and fitness space. After an arduous process of negotiations, the perfect three-acre lot in Coney Island was secured, and the process of developing a 120,000 sq. ft. complex, the largest such facility in Brooklyn, began. Upon completion of construction in 2014, MatchPoint NYC immediately boosted the quality of recreational infrastructure available in New York, becoming the venue of choice for families, renowned athletes, and prominent charity events. The facility’s upscale amenities are unparalleled, allowing for an expansive array of fitness programs, league sports and group classes that similar spaces simply cannot hold, while its dedicated and highly skilled team of certified instructors, personal trainers and nutritionists inspire, motivate and encourage members to improve their personal health and well being.
MatchPoint NYC’s works to boost the health, fitness and overall happiness of its members thru every facet of the twenty million dollar facility. The enormous, 12,000 sq. ft. gym invites members to push their fitness limits with the most current exercise equipment on the market and learn from complimentary personal trainers. Afterwards, a steam sauna and spa offer rest and relaxation. For parents wishing to watch their children’s activities or for those having a rest between training sessions, a restaurant complete with couches, HDTVs, and a full-service juice bar overlooks nine modern indoor tennis courts, six mini courts for youth lessons, and a top-of-the-line junior Olympic pool. For training, more than one hundred classes each week take place in three group fitness studios and the on-site rhythmic gymnastics center, with members participating in Pilates, yoga, boot camp, and Sambo Academy. From professional athletes to youth enjoying a sport for the first time, MatchPoint works hard to help members learn, excel, and succeed, notes Dmitry Druzhinsky.
The R Baby Foundation is America’s first and only charity organization with the goal of saving infants’ lives by improving pediatric care, and to date, has given $8 million to hospital programs and saved more than one million lives. The nonprofit’s annual tennis tournament was formed in 2010 by Jason Pinsky, “Six years ago I saw the foundation was doing a golf event, and I suggested we should do a tennis event,” he notes. “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 has raised over $500,000 in 2015 and 2016, going towards childcare initiatives including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training programs, and also symposiums.
The center’s rhythmic gymnastics center, basketball court, Yoga studio, and full size gym with top-notch equipment allow it to host athletic events that other sports clubs simply cannot accommodate, according to Dmitry Druzhinsky. The USA SAMBO Open Championship, featuring the world’s masters of Sambo and Judo, saw participants from twelve different countries, and crowned the World Champion of the sport. In a community outreach initiative, MatchPointNYC hosted politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx to compete in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, an event used as a platform for the local figures to speak about the importance of public health and youth empowerment.
Spanning three-acres and containing over 120,000 sq. ft. of space, MatchPoint NYC offers an impressive array of equipment and amenities, including a restaurant and a juice bar. Its most recognizable feature, according to Dmitry Druzhinsky, is a massive, nine court indoor tennis arena, the largest tennis facility in Brooklyn. Local and international tennis greats frequent the grounds, such as Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyesv and the former number one ranked women’s player in the world, Dinara Safina. Additionally, the R Baby Foundation, a charity aiding hospital programs for endangered infants, has selected MatchPoint as the host for its New York Tennis Tournament for two consecutive years. The competition features Wall Street’s elite financers and has raised over $500,000.