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Long Island Sled Hockey INC. - For The Differently-Abled Athlete

Rating: 4.99 stars   94 reviews 2,112

Nonprofit Issues:

Sports

Address:

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.

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.

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Reviews for Long Island Sled Hockey INC. - For The Differently-Abled Athlete

Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Bryan for many years. When he first came to me for support for the Long Island Sled Hockey team I jumped at the chance to help this wonderful organization, little did I know the profound effect this organization would have for so many families. From the the Donors right down to the athletes I don't of any other organization that fosters such a Family/Community atmosphere. I am proud to be a small part of a Great organization.

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I have seen the wonderful things this program does for ""The Kids". It give me great pleasure to continue supporting this fine organization.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Bryan for many years. When he first came to me for support for the Long Islan Sled Hockey team I jumped at the chance to help this wonderful organization, little did I know the profound effect this organization would have for so many families. The players, families, voluteers and donors are truely a family which I am proud to be a part of. Throughout the years I have seen the team spirit thrive within the athletes - an opportunity most of these kids wouln't have. This is a model program that should be emulated in more communities. Fast forward to the present and I still look forward to supporting the "Rough Riders" at each and every opportunity presented to me.

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bringing the love of hockey to the differently- abled! Not only has this team taught my son about the sport of hockey it has helped him learn a few life lessons. This organization is a great network of people with a wealth of knowledge that has helped us all. The Roughriders are a family and we couldn't be happier to be a part of it!!!

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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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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.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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.

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

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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!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son Anthony is a big hockey fan. He expressed a desire to play in a league, inspired by watching his favorite team, the NY Rangers. He had visions of scoring goals, slamming into the net. We learned about the LI Rough Riders from some members of the team. I connected with the people for my son, and eventually found my way to Bryan Bloomquist, who runs the team. We had also checked out a NJ league, but we were so impressed with the team spirit and the "can do" attitude of the coaches and management of the Roughriders team, that we signed up immediately. Even though we live in NJ, we come out every Saturday to Beth Page to practice or play a game. Yeah, LI Sled Hockey!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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
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Rating: 5 stars  

This team and organization has changed my son's life. He has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and is significantly physically disabled. As a result of the equipment accommodations and dedicated volunteers, my son is able to play hockey, be part of a team and experience the ups and downs that come with playing in competitive sports. Sled hockey gives him something to look forward to, has helped foster friendships and has given him a reason to work harder every day. We are honored to be a part of this team and could never thank the board enough for letting us be a part of this amazing organization.

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This program has changed our son's life. Chris' significant physical disability makes it nearly impossible to participate in any sports programs. We were introduced to sled hockey and could not believe it was a sport Chris could actually play. His sled and equipment were designed and adjusted to accommodate the limited range of motion Chis has in his arms. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who push Chris on the ice, he is able to focus on managing the puck. Most importantly, Chris is actually part of a team and has developed friendships, responsibility and personal pride. We could never thank Bryan B and Frank M enough for giving Christopher this amazing opportunity and bringing so much pride and happiness to his life.

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This organization has changed my son's life and as a result, brought such pride and happiness into our home. Despite Christopher's significant physical disability, he is able to participate in an organized sport (with hockey happening to be his favorite) and be part of an actual team. Never would we have expected our son to experience the same comradery that the non disabled athlete would feel. Playing sled hockey takes Chris out of his disabled world and allows him to feel like a regular guy. The expectation for him to be a responsible player is a great character builder for Chris and the experience of winning, losing and earning playing time will help prepare Chris for the real world. There is not a negative thing that can be said about this organization or its coaches and volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long Island Sled Hockey-RoughRiders is a unique organization where mentally and or physically challenged individuals can succeed at a team sport. One's disability is put on the ice and it becomes an ability to shine! I have seen boys and girls, men and women, join at any age and quickly become confident, happy teammates. All are welcome and never disappointed. As a parent and volunteer, I highly recommend it.

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Sled Hockey is a unique and exciting sport, i.e. USA GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 Paralympics. The Long Island Sled Hockey Rough Riders team is also unique and exciting at the hometown level. It offers athletes of varying ages and disabilities the opportunity to play in a sport they may never have thought possible. I am proud to be a volunteer in this organization for many years and continue to be amazed at the differently-abled athletes on the team.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long Island Sled Hockey has been a wonderful part of our lives for over 15 years. Our "differently-abled" son has been part of a team that brings him joy and accomplishment as he plays in an action packed sport!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long Island Sled Hockey RoughRiders - the best! This is a team composed of athletes, who despite mental and/or physical challenges, have been given the opportunity to participate in the sport of ice hockey. They amaze everyone when their DISABILITY becomes their ABILITY to compete on the ice, demonstrate good sportmanship with a competitive edge and show their electrifying team spirit. As a parent volunteer for over 15 years l have watched every athlete who joined this team develop a personal best. I am proud to have the honor of volunteering with Long Island Sled Hockey and see how this organization has improved the lives of many disabled people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been playing with the roughriders for almost 20 years. Its a great organization from top to bottom they won't say no to anyone with a disability.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the team a few months ago and it's been great! I have not really had many opportunities to play competitive sports. Sled hockey was always a sport I wanted to play. Now, the Roughriders team has given me that opportunity...Thanks Bryan for being such an excellent coach!!!
B. Schmidt #27

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is fantastic program for people that have any kind of "challenge!" If you love hockey and want to play, no matter what your "challenge" is, a way will be found for you to play.If you want to play, or just join a great group and help out, try Long Island Sled Hockey....you will NOT be sorry!

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My son started playing sled hockey when he was still very ill when it was part of a handicapped sports group. We broke away to focus this program only on sled hockey. With Bryan B. as our president, he has been able to raise funds and bring this sport and our team to places we NEVER thought we could go. But most of all, what it has done for the players, their self estreem, being part of a team and being able to play hockey, no matter what their challenges are, has been unbeleivable. No matter what a -person is facing,if they want to play, we WILL find a way. The journey so far has been amazing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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My son has been playing sled hockey for many years with the program. It gives differently abled athletes of all ages and issues to be able to play a game they love and NEVER thought they would be able to play. They come off the ice all sweated and tired but you will NEVER see bigger smiles and their happiness to be able to play. The program is well run and the money that is raised goes to travel, equipment and other necessities of the game. If you or someone you know that is "differently abled" likes to play, come on down and see if you like it. No matter what the issue, if you want to play, we NEVER say NO and will find a way!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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