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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports, Sports

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.

Results: with 51 athletes, one U.S. National Championship, 7 RoughRiders Cup Championships, 3 Canadian Championships, one New York State Championship, 2013, 2014 & 2015 SW Florida Championships, seven bronze medals and four silver medals, (in 29 tournaments!!!) they continue to amaze. PLEASE visit our web site and view the eight videos on our Home Page, produced by WABC TV, MSN Network, YES Network, the NY Times, Verizon Fios One and others.

Target demographics: boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 21+ who have a physical and/or mental disability

Direct beneficiaries per year: with 51 athletes, their families and extended families, friends and all who come in contact with these amazing athetes

Geographic areas served: All of Long Island, New York

Programs: a nine month hockey program, played on sleds on a full length ice rink, with full contact.

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great program run by dedicated and caring volunteers!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an incredible program that brings smiles to everyone involved.

It has been a pleasure to watch it grow through the years and today it is bigger and better than ever.

Will29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful charitable organization and it is run by wonderful, caring people.
My sons’ disability prevents him from walking, the coaches put him in a sled, provided him with equipment and had volunteers push him around the ice during practice and during games.
They allow disabled men and women of all ages to play.
Without this team I doubt my son would have had the chance to experience playing hockey.
Thank you to all of the individuals’ and establishments’ that support this group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Long island sled hockey rough riders I am proud member to be part of this organization. I have been plaing for almost two years I feel i have improved and i have learned alot from experience players on the team. The coaches, voluteers, board members and supporting families put alot of work in making the organization successful. Also i am happy to see a few veterans in organization as myself.
D. Zephrine

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Learning to sled, having to get fitted, and propelling with the sticks plus all the gear, the helmet, the gloves - it was a lot of upper body workout. But I like to challenge myself,Sled hockey helps me physically and emotionally, and also helps me focus. Seeing my teammates’ disabilities motivates me to overcome my own.”
by Donna Zephrine
Rating 5 star best team to be part of

2 Rosalie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Christopher plays for the team he will be starting his third season with them in September. Christopher never enjoyed playing other adaptive sports and then he joined the Rough Riders. He loves going to practice going to games. This team has brought out his personality given him the encouragement and support to become more outgoing and confident. It is a family the parents players coaches and volunteers. Bryan and Frank's tireless efforts to fundraise and organize and be sure that every athlete plays has the equipment they need and their true love for the team. I can't thank this organization enough for what it has done and how it has changed my son and our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been part of this organization for 6 years now!! It has made such a tremendous impact on his life!! There is never a bigger smile on his face than when he is with his teammates on and off the ice. They have become like a second family to us. It's simply an amazing sport an organization!!!

Sean L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been playing for the team for the last 6 years now and im glad i joined..everyone makes it feel like its one big happy family

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive been playing on this wonderful team for about 5-6 years now and its been awesome and a blessing for me to try a new sport and to expand my horizons on the difficulty that these people get though day in and day out.

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Charles77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The team brought me back to the level of playing sled hockey like I used to be. I am grateful
for the equipment the team had bought for my use on the team. And meeting all the players
with their interest in hockey. Way to go Rough Riders. We are own Olympic team.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son joined the Roughriders just over 2 years ago and this sport and this organization have changed his life in ways that I could never have imagined. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity this has given him as well as the new found confidence and friendships he has found among his team mates. As a mother, you just can't ask for more than to see that smile on your child's face when they find something that they truly love and enjoy. He cannot wait to get back on the ice this year!

1 Eleanore O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of the Long Island Sled Hockey for 15 years. He is able to participate in a sport that is geared towards individuals with different types of disabilities. Another aspect of this organization is the many friends my son has made through the years. Words cannot express the positive reinforcement that this organization creates for these athletes. As the saying goes "all for one and one for all"!!! This is a team that cares for and about each other.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is a God send for my son. By being part of the team he is able to participate in a sport that is geared towards the physically and mentally handicapped and also make friends!!!!

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