Along with politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities, sports fans gather once each year to watch the fast-paced competition. 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 since 2015. According to MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, the cross-town rivalry is fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with the aim of engaging inner-city and under-served youth in sports, and also benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The tournament started in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the founding of the association. Dmitry welcomes this opportunity to support organizations that encourage a healthy lifestyle to complex.
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.
“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” Dmitry Druzhinsky said. “Our approach has been to make it into a community hub, a kind of athletic village where Brooklyn residents can socialize, compete and collaborate.” A sample of the events held at MatchPoint NYC are the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, featuring politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx working to benefit public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day with international tennis star and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the annual New York Tennis Tournament, held at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Top Wall Street bankers such as Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman attend what New York Tennis Magazine called “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 function has raised more than $500,000 in just the two years of hosting at MatchPoint NYC, money that is dedicated to improve infant medical care through a range of hospital programs: telemedicine with pediatric professionals, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
Every year, politicians, business and media personalities, celebrities, and sports fans come together to watch the fast-paced wall ball games. In 2015 local leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx began putting the ball to the wall at MatchPoint NYC in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. Notes Dmitry Druzhinsky: the intra-city rivalry is promoted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to get inner-city and under-served kids engaged in physical activity while helping the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The competition first took place in 2012 to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration for the association’s founding. Dmitry is honored at the opportunity to provide support to organizations promoting a healthy lifestyle in New York.