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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great program run by dedicated and caring volunteers!

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.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My college age sons volunteer for the Roughriders during their season....I have never seen an organization committed to their athletes and their families as much as this one....they focus on building confidence, great team work and excellent sportsmanship at ever turn....the stronger athletes are often seen setting up a shot for those who struggle more or who have not had the opportunity to get that goal....the spirit in that ice rink is always uplifting to all and showcases the true meaning of the undefeated human spirit....so thankful as a parent that my sons have had the opportunity to be part of it!

Walter9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became disabled 12 years ago. Before then I was a very active in sports and physical conditioning. About seven years ago I head about Long Island Sled Hockey. I joined the team 5 years ago. Joining with this fine group of handicapped individuals is one of the few organized athletic activities available to me . The last five years playing with this team has given me something to look forward to and has helped to remove the depression that often overtakes my thoughts . This non profit has had a major positive impact on my life in many ways

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long Island sled hockey is an organization that permits handicapped individuals of all ages to play the great sport of hockey it teaches teamwork and help with the physical conditioning and sense of accomplishment that otherwise is hard for people with these disabilities to achieve.

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"!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is mentally challenged and always loved hockey but couldn't skate sled hockey changed his life he lives and breathes hockey .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago I took a trip to Long Island to watch my cousin sled hockey game at the Annual RoughRiders Invitational Tournament. Long Island Sled Hockey, is an organization that supports sportsmanship and athleticism for youth and adults with varying handicaps. Sled hockey, if you have never seen it in action, is quite something. The speed at which the players are able to move themselves and a large sled across the ice, solely with their upper body strength, is unbeliveably impressive. Their shots towards and into the net have such force, that I ducked a few times at the crack of a stray puck against the glass. Family and friends are always in the stands showing support for the team, and it is clear that the leaders of this organization have created a unique community for their team players.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful! They helped my nephew understand that even though he has CP it does not have to stop him from enjoying life and from participating in anything he wants to try to do.