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.
Results: with 41 athletes, one U.S. National Championship, 5 RoughRiders Cup Championships, 3 Canadian Championships, I state NY/Albany Championship, 2013 & 2014 SW Florida Championships, six bronze medals and four silver medals, (all in 11 years!) 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 9 and 21+ who have a physical and/or mental disability
Direct beneficiaries per year: with 41 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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

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  

This is a wonderful program and sport for the differently -abled athlete. It's always exciting to attend a game and watch the sportsmanship and skill of these athletes. It takes tremendous dedication and heart to achieve what the Rough Riders has over the years! I can't say enough good things about the organization and the confidence and joy it brings to everyone involved. It truly has had such a big impact on everyone!

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

Change not one thing.

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  

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  

LI Sled Hockey is terrific organization with a long rich history of helping the differently-abled athletes reach their full potential, instilling pride, determination and sense of team to a group of very talented sled hockey players. The staff have hearts bigger than themselves.

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

Like Mary Poppins they are practically perfect in every way.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the honor and pleasure of serving as the webmaster for LI Sled Hockey since they were founded. The hard work of the volunteers who keep this wonderful organization operating like a well oiled machine is truly inspirational. The differently-abled athletes are amazing to watch!

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

Not a thing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great organization from top to bottom. All are welcome both disabled and able body athletes. Competitive without being exclusive. Pass the word to any and all friends looking for something to do out of the ordinary. I'm sure if you help out you will get more out of your experience than you could ever put in.
See You at Practice,
ERIC STREZENEC

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

Get more people to give it a try

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  

this is an amazing organization which combines fun, sportsmanship and competition for its differently abled athletes. they have traveled as a team to compete in Canada and florida affording these players an experience they might not otherwise have been exposed to. all work for this group is done exclusively by volunteers and no salaries are paid to anyone. it is a wonderful experience for anyone to watch these athletes play and enjoy this sport.

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

wouldn't change a thing

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  

this is an extremely unique program. it combines both mentally and physically challenged athletes and allows them to compete as a team. although challenged these athetes play on a regulation rink with the same rules and full contact as stand up hockey. the team plays in tournaments both home and away which allow its members a true feeling of camaradie. being part of a team is something many special athletes have not been allowed to experience before. this team is run by a dedicated all volunteer staff. no salary is paid to any coach or board member. all money raised goes directly to the athletes for equipment, travel expences and tournament fees. the only thing more impressive than how the team is run is the smiles of the the athletes, win or lose.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

It has been a truly wonderful experience to be a small part of this organization. The commitment of the athlete's, parents, and coach's is something you have to see to believe. They have over the years developed into a fine tuned machine. They offer a chance for people with disabilities to be envolved in something that takes them away when they are on the ice or just being a part of a team. They have a tireless leader and coach, whose fund raising soley supports this wonderful progam.

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

none

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  

I've been a part of this organization for close to 11 years now and it has truly changed my life. My teammates and the everyone else who makes the organization tick have became a big family and every one is willing to help. The RoughRiders hold a special place in my heart ~Vinny

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  

I've been a part of this organization for close to 11 years now and it has truly changed my life. My teammates and the everyone else who makes the organization tick have became a big family and every one is willing to help. The RoughRiders hold a special place in my heart ~Vinny

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  

It is a privilege to work with this organization.
Seeing the participants with mental and/or physical challenges play at practices and games at a high level of performance then come off the ice with the biggest smiles is very rewarding.

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

Find a Corporate sponsor.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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