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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Bdm1995

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has been on this team since its inception. Any body that wants to play, we WILL find a way. The word "NO" is not part of the Organizations vocabulary! Its amazing to see how many people, no matter what their age, love being part of a team and playing a great game of hockey. So many of our players have matured and have no problems playing against other players no matter their size or how good they are. We have players that travel from other states just to be part of this program. No matter what your "challenge" is, if you like being part of a team, if you like the game of hockey and/or are tired of doing nothing, this program could help you a lot!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the LISH RoughRiders for many years. It is truly a great organization for special athletes to excel on the ice!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son plays with the RoughRiders and it has been the best sport for him. Thanks Long Island Sledhockey for being there to make a differently-abled athlete feel like a "pro"!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

'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

Sheila19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching these amazing disabled athletes enjoy themselves playing the sport they love is heart warming. Come on down to see such special athletes gaining confidence and keeping fit in a warm but competitive environment. We are proud of these players and continue to support the efforts of Mr. Blomquist. The rough riders are inspirational and need our continued support especially when you see their smiles through their facemasks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a true honor to volunteer for such an amazing organization. These athletes are striving through this program. I am an ice hockey goalie. When I volunteered I hung out near the goalie one night and he told me how was so depressed he didn't want to live. after finding the LI sled hockey team he has become an inspired athlete and loves the game again. This organization promotes camaraderie and confidence. It supplies exercise & competitive well being. What an hour to share the ice with such heroes who get to play the game they love. Go Rough Riders!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LONG ISLAND SLED HOCKEY team offers a great program to people from the Long Island NY area. In addition, they are a great partner and competitor with other Sledge Hockey Clubs in the U.S. and Canada! Our Ottawa-based teams are very happy to have been associated with them for about 10 years as we share much of the same values and goals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Dan_39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!