LONG ISLAND SLED HOCKEY INC. - for the differently-abled athlete

Rating: 4.99 stars   72 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 33 Harding Ave Lynbrook NY 11563 USA

Mission: To foster, promote and encourage sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie through the sport of sled hockey, specifically aimed at a juvenile and adolescent population of physically and/or mentally challenged athletes. Inherent in that goal is the development of a sense of self-esteem, pride and friendship within this population. Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc. also focuses on the development and nurturing of positive attitudes in and outside the Long Island community toward those with physical and/or mental handicapping conditions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been fortunate enough to have played on the Rough Riders almost since inception. The team has given me so many gifts for which I am grateful and I'm not just referring to sticks or sleds. (though all of those items & more are provided) After being paralyzed in a car accident the Rough Riders have given me back the great game of ice hockey! It has allowed me to be part of a team and has helped me to achieve my dream of becoming a paralympian. My teammates are my friends and we support each other. I have learned lessons about hard work, teamwork, comittment, dedication and LIFE! I can honestly say my adjustment to life with a disability has been dramatically improved by being a member of the LISH Rough Riders!
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization does not only change the lives of it's athletes but the athletes' families as well. The feeling of confidence and independence it gives is amazing. We are all one big family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been a part of this wonderful organization for 4 years. My son is a differently-abled athlete. I can not say enough good things about this organization not only has it given my son that team feeling it has also given all of us parents, grandparents, aunts, uncle, cousins and friends that same feeling. We are all in it together no matter what! The older athletes on the team show my son that he can still achieve his goals of independence regardless of the obstacles that lay ahead.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

LISH is a very unique organization. It allows people with a broad range of disabilities and ages to participate in a great sport. In my 18 years of disability sport experience, I rarely see an organization with this level of acceptance and integration. It is evident by the smiles on every face you see that this organization is really worth it! You will find that players and everyone else involved work and learn together, and learn the true meaning of comraderie.

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2014

Rating: 5 stars  

The Long Island Rough Riders Sled Hockey Organization has been one of the most amazing programs I have ever had the honor of being a part of. Right from the start, they took me in and treated me like one of their own. Being a part of this team is about much more than simply playing hockey, it's about being a part of a family that never gives up and helps one another through thick and thin. Throughout the years I have been with the Rough Riders, I have had the blessing of watching this family grow to include many more players and change lives for the better. I know it has changed mine, and I can't thank those who have made this possible enough.

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I wouldn't make a single change I love it just the way it is! :-)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter plays with the Long Island Rough Riders and absolutely loves it! The team is like her second family and she couldn't live without them!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been a participant of the Long Island Sled Hockey team because not only does he enjoy the sport but also the friendships that he has formed. Having ADHD playing has improved his concentration and coordination. It is a fun team with lots of comraderie and positive enforcement. No matter what level player you are it is a "team" and no one is left out during practice or games.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If it's not broke, you don't fix it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Long Island Sled Hockey is the best "pass" time for my son. This nonprofit organization is unique for athletes with both physical and mental disabilities. LISH gives these athletes a chance to excel in a sport that is geared to them along with the feeling that they can do it and have fun doing it!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

The Long Island Sled Hockey Organization has given me so much in the past 5 years and in return has only asked for me to have fun when I am out on the ice, or playing in the many tournaments they take us to in the United States and Canada. Their selfless devotion to the players and parents are easily witnessed by anyone coming to watch or play for the first time. I have never seen them turn away anyone asking to play this great sport, they only ask how can we get you on the ice? Since I have been involved with the organization they have given me everything to succeed at being a sled hockey player not just the equipment but most importantly the support that you can only get from a family.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

The Long Island Sled Hockey RoughRiders is the best organization that I have been involved with since I became disabled. The support staff of voulenteers and parents are amazing. I am proud to wear their jersey and insignia across my chest. They have treated me like family since the first time I hit the ice and have given back to me a sport I loved playing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I joined The Long Island Sled Hockey RoughRiders 3 years ago and it has brought back all of the memories and love I felt for the game of hockey I played before I became disabled. Bryan, Frank and the rest of the team since the very first day has made me feel like I am part of a family as well as a team. The structure of the organization is fantastic besides all of the outreach that they do for the community they offer amazing opportunities to their players and parents. I cannot say enough good things about this program, if you ever though you could not accomplish something in your life come out and watch the kids and adults play this amazing game and you will see that anything is possible just as long as you try. Thank you Bryan and the rest of the Long Island Sled Hockey RoughRiders, you truly have changed my life for the better.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

As an athlete, I could not recommend this group any higher. I've gotten progressively and markedly better since joining the team, and am excited to see more and more members join in. The kindness and gratitude I have simply playing on the team is immeasurable.

This organization's greatest benefit is removing the barrier of playing sport for people with disabilities. The costs associated with having a player just to be on the ice is over $1000. This cost is simply out of reach for many people already dealing with the high costs of living with a disability. I cannot explain how much this is a blessing and a gift.

LI Sled Hockey Inc. works to ensure that this cost is never absorbed by the player. There is plentiful ice time, and the athletes work their hearts out to get to be better and better. The representatives also work hard to get the name out and known in the community, which helps grow the program even more.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Ive been apart of this organization for about 5 years now and i know i can tell my self that i will not stop playing this sport because i feel like each day I'm growing closer and closer to all the players and family. Speaking of the word Family I feel like this team is just one gigantic family as it grows bigger day in and day out.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Last January i tried out sled hockey. i had so much fun the first time i was on the ice... after that i enjoy going to the rink on tuesdays and saturdays for pracitce to see my teamates and have fun playing the sport. since i started playing sled hockey ive acquired more friends on and off the team. when i started, i said to my self im not stoping.....this sport has shown alot of what handicapped people and able-bodied people can do to while only being in a seated position. like i said i love the organization and the team and i will not stop playing this amazing sport

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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