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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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vinny88

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ive 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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Long Island Rough Riders have become a huge inspiration in my life. They have given me the opportunity to play a sport and be part of family that supports each individual with any disability, visible or not, on and off the ice. They have created a chance and challenge to make every player push themselves harder and prove that disabilities are not going to interfere with personal success. Every player comes off the ice a winner.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am on a team that is called Long Island rough riders for so many years. I learn a lot on the ice when we do drills. I am learning when the puck is off side so we need to get offside when we pass the puck is 1-2-3 from3 passes we shoot the puck in the net. when we play as a team together when we have a game I know what to do. this is a great sport I am playing we use our upper body. we have families and friends love this sport this is a great organization for all of us. I will continue to play because this sport is fun to play being with friends and teammates coaches/ assistant coaches and thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am happy to be on the team of the rough riders we are the best number one team and we won so many games in the tournament. we are the best of all in Long Island. we have a wonderful team of friends .

Client Served

Rating: 5

Long island sled hockey is an amazing organization that provides its athletes a place where their ABILITIES can shine. There is nothing like the feeling of being a part of a team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

My son, Jesse, found this program last winter. It is the highlight of this 10 year olds week. He has been sidelined from playing competitive sports for the last 4 years due to a hip disability. While he can walk ( albeit with a limp), he can't play competitive sports. His life changed when he was introduced to Bryan and the Rough Riders. He was now part of a team. He felt included. No one asks what his disability is or treats him differently. He gets on the ice and runs drills at practice like every other guy on the team. ( keep in mind, the other guys ( or girls) may not have legs, or wear prosthetics or have down syndrome or cp). On the ice, you are one of the team. Bryan Bloomquist runs an amazing program for these players. He includes everyone and ensures they are fully equipped and padded and ready to play. Who knew such a great program existed right here on Long Island?