I visited practices and tournaments in which the handicapped group making up Long Island Sled Hockey played. I saw real sportsmanship. The competitions were intense. They seemed almost professional. It was wonderful to watch. I most enjoyed seeing the smiles on each and every face as they came off the ice. Win or lose everyone had a grand time.
The theme of this organization is "let the kids play".
I have watched a new athlete start as unsure if this is a good thing for him or her.
Within five minutes almost all decide "I can do this".
Then, as skills develop, confidence builds and pleasure increases.
It is a joy to watch.
I am a High School hockey coach on Staten Island and had the pleasure of meeting Bryan Blomquist 11 years ago. He is an extremely dedicated and unselfish person who puts in many, many hours to run this organization. We have held a charity game with the Rough Riders for these past 11 years and even though they beat us by at least 15 goals a game, it is an experience my players and their families will never forget. They are a very talented and disciplined team, which is a direct result of Bryan and his coaches. At least two or three of my players come up to me after each game we play them and state that "they will never look at a handicapped person again the same way" or that "they have a greater respect for the disabled now" due to this game. To me, that is what makes this organization so great, not only does it give these athletes a chance to play at a high level of competition (and win!!), but also to spread the word that nothing can hold you back if you don't want it to. I look forward to playing this year's game and seeing all our friends from the Rough Riders. Good luck in your games and tournaments.
A wonderful organization with dedicated volunteers who work very hard for the differently-abled. I have had the opportunity to assist this organization for over 20 years and they never cease to amaze me.
This is one amazing group. Led by long time differently-abled advocate Bryan Blomquist this organization has been doing an outstanding job raising funds and giving athletes with disabilities a chance to learn to play, and compete, in sled hockey. This past year they were featured in Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor" show. The work the volunteers do to keep this organization running is nothing short of astounding. This year they won a national championship.
I am a combat veteran and did two tours in Iraq. I served 3 years and 3 months on active duty stationed in Savannah, Georgia and prior to that I served 7 years in the Army Reserves. After my honorable discharge I moved back to New York. I was fortunate to meet someone from the team who educated me about Sled Hockey. I have been playing sled hockey in October of 2014. I find sled hockey to be a great sport for all. The team is amazing which consist of able-bodied players and players with other types of disabilities (differently able athletes) the sled hockey is an adaptive sports that helps me with my PTSD. The coaches, volunteered and families of the players are caring people and I consider them part of my family. Hockey is for Everyone Hoorah . i rate the Long Island Rough Riders a five star foir service and dedication.
By Donna Zephrine
I am a combat wounded veteran who served completed two tours in Iraq. I have been a member of the Long Island Sled Hockey team for the past 5 years or so. This is an excellent organization of professional staff who volunteer their time for the rough riders sled hockey team. The players are friendly and caring team members they are mix with abled body as well as players with various types of physical disabilities , intellectual disabilities and some veterans as well. I met some warriors as well on the various teams. I went to a tournament to Chicago back in February 2019 it was a nice experience. This year March 2019 i have appeared on a website called the color of Hockey for Fans and Players of Color. I applied and have been selected as a participant 2019 Sled Hockey Military Sports Camp Skills Academy by the Wounded Heroes Foundation. Hockey is a game for everyone to play and enjoy. Lets Go Rough Riders for winning a few Tournaments this year.
I’v Been on this team for a while probably since I was at age 12 years old as I said On the video of Long Island rough riders returning the favor with mike Rowe life is not a competition it doesn’t matter if we get bronze 3rd place or silver 2nd place or the gold first place as long as we go and do our best and have fun
Brett is my son and makes me proud every day. If you watch the Mike Rowe piece on our site, you will see his makeup and what makes him special. Know this: in October 2001, after receiving his first paycheck ever, he asked me if he could "donate this to the NYC Fire Department? They lost so many people on 9/11". Come watch him and his teammates play.
I love LI Sledhockey. It is my team and I play with great teammates and friends. come watch us play we have lots of fun but play hard. I like it when I score a goal or get an assist.
I play for the Long Island Sledhockey RoughRiders team. I play right wing and really like playing Sledhockey. My teammates are great and we have fun.
I have been involved with LI SLED HOCKEY as a parent of an athlete with Down Syndrome and also as a volunteer. It is a great organization for the differently abled athlete giving them a sense of well being and success on a level many would otherwise never know.
The Long Island Sledhockey team “RoughRiders” is a great organization that welcomes athletes of various disabilities. I have continued to volunteer with the team for over 20 years, because it continues to serve the community in a very positive way.
Congratulations to the RoughRiders on their recent championship in the New England Sledhockey tournament Westfield MA.
LI Sled Hockey has gone up and above the traditional rules of sled hockey by include the Developmentally Delayed population. This has allowed my son with Down Syndrome to be able to play for the past 20 years. This sport means the world to him. He gets the physical exercise he needs all while having the most fun with friends. The coaching staff is dedicated and truly loves the team. They give of their time and heart all year long. I can't thank them enough for all they do.
LI Sled hockey allows my son with Down Syndrome to participate in competitive sports. It strengthens his body and mind and brings him immense joy. It is something he looks forward to with great anticipation and that includes practices.
My son had been playing with the Roughriders for two years. The organization is well run, and is an amazing program for the athletes it serves. The program has wonderful leadership and they treat each and every player with respect.
Would highly recommend this program both as a great program to financially support as well as a great program for athletes with diverse abilities.
Joined the team two seasons ago . Made a lot of great friendships . Being handicapped exercises are limited but still possible , this program helps keep me fit at possible . Bryan and the staff are all class acts , grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the organization.
I am a new player on the team this season and I am so happy that I found this team and sport! Up until about 2 years ago, my hobby has always been Horseback riding. When I retired my horse a few years back, I noticed that all I really did was work and I was really bored, I needed a new activity/interest. Ice hockey has filled that void and then some! I was really nervous to start, not knowing anyone and never playing the sport before, but everyone on the team is beyond welcoming. It is also really nice to have a place to connect with other people around my age with physical disabilities, that I wouldn't have otherwise met.
My daughter has been a volunteer for the past few years. As a family we have benefited greatly from our connection with this Incomparable Organization- these talented athletes bring their dedication, heart and soul to every event- from practices to Challenge matches and highly competitive tournaments. They are led by the finest group of selfless Leaders who always impress that there are no limits in life if you make the effort and work together - each athlete with conviction and self confidence rises to the challenge. So proud to have witnessed this amazing group. Blessed!!!
My 14 year old daughter has been a volunteer for a year and a half. This organization is built on family values, inclusion at all levels, motivation to show that everything is possible and that the Rough Riders are there to support in ever way possible. We are humbled by the talent and strength of each athlete, their families and the entire support staff. Proud to be a part of this organization.
Long Island Sled Hockey is an amazing organization that we are proud to sponsor! They offer a tremendous level of dedication to the athletes they serve. Despite the physical challenges faced by these athletes, Long Island Sled Hockey works to ensure that they have an opportunity to play a team sport, without the burden of the expense. The athletes experience the positive energy of being part of a team as well as the thrill of competing. Skills are taught and confidence is built. Long Island Sled Hockey deserves to be recognized and supported for the selfless work that they do.
Maspeth Federal Savings
What an outstanding program! I have been a proud supporter of Long Island Sled Hockey for many years. The program allows for participation of physically and/or mentally challenged athletes with no cost to the them. The team travels to and hosts multiple tournaments locally and around the world. They have become one of the premier teams in North America.
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.
Now 5 years strong with this organization, and I still cannot believe how fortunate we have been to become a part of this amazing family. I am forever grateful and look forward to making more memories to share.
An amazing organization that my son has been fortunate enough to be a part of for 4 years now. Completely changed his life and I am forever grateful to all that are involved.
My son just joined the team 7 months ago. LISH has given my son an amazing opportunity to be part of a team, and feel like a “normal” kid while playing out on the ice. Bryan, Frank, Phil and all the volunteers give so much of their time and effort to the players to make them successful. This is a wonderful organization inclusive to all with various challenges. We are very grateful to be part of it!
An amazing organization that is one hundred percent for the kids. I am a proud fan and have been for many years.
I have had the privilege of being a proud volunteer with LISH for 2 1/2 years. I continue to be humbled by the dedication of these exceptional athletes, their coaches and families. This year, I have shared in the true "on ice" experience- what a thrill to be a part of this incredible organization and family. I love every moment we are together.
My son has played with the RoughRiders for nine years and I can't say enough about the organization and players.
Almost season 23 with LISH and going strong! Each year gets better and better. New teammates and adventures keep this team going strong. Come on down and check us out!
This is now my 22nd season with LISH, it's fair to say there's a reason I stay! I've seen hundreds of teams over the years and this is by far the most inclusive. No matter your age, ability or background, there is a place for you. You'll travel to lots of places - near and far - and meet some awesome people along the way.
My son Matthew is a new player on the Long Island Sled Hockey Team and it has nothing but an Awesome experience for Matthew. Congratulations to Bryan, Frank, Phil & to all the Volunteers on a Great season but most of all for running a Top Notch Organization!
Rich Grogan, proud father!
I've been a part of this program for 20+ years we're all like one big family all pulling for each other its one of the best. There's no other program like it that i'd wanna be a part of
Been part of this program since its beginning its more then just a hockey team its a family we all have each other backs and strive to make each other better. One of the best programs around period
The Long Island Sled Hockey organization for Differently-abled Athletes is one of the best programs around. I have supported them for years and know how much this program does for its athletes. The fact that they pay for nothing, equipment, travel, uniforms, nothing is amazing. Knowing that all the funds raised go to the support of these exceptional athlete's
is why I continue to support them.
Great Organization.... The hockey family at its best.....
It is great to be part of this organization, it is ran with the upmost professionalism. From the board to the volunteer's to all the families, everyone is treated as one big family. I'm so glad my son was able to join and play for this great team of individuals, I will speak for him now, and I can say that it has changed his life..........Thanks
We have been apart of this organization for the last 6 years. There is a genuine level of acceptance for all levels of abilities. Emotional and physical growth is fostered through this program. There is love and community with this amazing group of athletes, coaches, and very supportive families. This organization has changed our lives giving us a sense of belonging, worth, and accomplishment.
My son has been a part of this family for 5 years. He has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and is very physically disabled. Never before has he been able to play a sport or be a part of a team. Not only does he play hockey now (our family's favorite sport), he travels to tournaments, experiences comradery amongst the players, is learning the impact of success and failure, has made friends, and has blossomed as a player. This team has changed my son's life and has introduced our family to a group of people who share our challenges. Every victory is monumental. Every loss is a lesson. Sled hockey and this team has become part of who we are.
Incredible organization that offers something for everyone.
The long island rough riders are great! They provide everything an athlete with a disability needs from equipment to ice time. The benefits include exercise, competition and camaraderie. It specifically allows those with disabilities who love Hockey to play this great game .LISH Fosters an environment of hard work , teamwork and improvement . When you see your teammate score that first goal or make a big play— it’s a fantastic feeling. These good feelings have a positive affect on the players that stays with them long after they’ve left the rink!
I have been fortunate enough to have played on the Rough Riders almost since inception. The team has given me so many gifts for which I am grateful and I'm not just referring to sticks or sleds. (though all of those items & more are provided) After being paralyzed in a car accident the Rough Riders have given me back the great game of ice hockey! It has allowed me to be part of a team and has helped me to achieve my dream of becoming a paralympian. My teammates are my friends and we support each other. I have learned lessons about hard work, teamwork, comittment, dedication and LIFE! I can honestly say my adjustment to life with a disability has been dramatically improved by being a member of the LISH Rough Riders!
Our family joined the roughriders 9yrs ago. My son maybe the athlete but our entire family is a part of the team. This sport and team have becone a way of life. This organization has changed all our lives for the better. It has introduced us all to amazing people we could not imagine our lives without. We are there to celebrate the good times and support in the rough times.
We have been a part of the roughriders family for 7yrs. I say we because my son may be the athlete on the team but our entire family is a part of the team/family. The roughriders provide a place to allow abilities to shine, confidence and independence to grow all while participating in a sport they love!! This organization has changed all our lives in too many ways to list!
The Long Island Sled Hockey is more than a team of athletes. It's a family consisting of players, coaches and families. We all play an important part in making this team not only winners out on the ice but winners when it comes to caring about each other. The saying goes "There is no I in team" and that certainly applies to our team. We are loyal not only to the game but to each other. My son has been a part of this team for over ten years and, in addition to learning to participate in a sport, he has experienced a camaraderie that will last a life time. In addition, I have also formed friendships that I cherish. The support from this team is phenomenal. As they say "You have to be in it to win it" and we are certainly winners on all aspects of being a team!!!
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.
My two daughters have been volunteering this past year with the team and they have found the sled hockey program to be very well organized and operated. The atheletes in the program are tremendous and it is wonderful to witness how truly appreciative they are to be part of the Long Island Sled Hockey team. We look forward to being part of this organization for a long time.
Watching these 'kids' on the ice is truly inspiring. No matter what their age, sex or disability, they are totally engaged in playing for their team. And, I might add, they're playing tough. No quarters given. They are encouraged and pushed by their coaches and fans whom you can tell really "love" them. The Long Island Sled Hockey group is an outstanding non-profit group.
Spirited young people overcoming their handicaps with joy and enthusiasm.
I brought my 2 grandchildren to the game. We bought Tee Shirts that we’re for sale. We brought along markers and my grandchildren had all the players sign their shirt. You see in a child’s heart and eyes no one is different. We all do according to our capabilities. I have never been so humbled as to watch this team and families welcome us into their hearts. The spirit and gratitude that surrounds these games is miraculous. All monies donated goes 100% fund for the players to play. If they did not have donations they would not be able to play. Let alone with medical cost for all these families. If ever a cause to donate this is it. Every $ makes a difference. Let’s support these Hockey players capabilities. Ever $ makes a difference. Watching these games teaches you gratitude and humbleness. Donate and come watch the games. You will be glad you did
I have been a part of this organization for a little over a year, first as a supporter and now as a player. Long Island Sled Hockey has changed my life many ways - it has open my eyes to the world of adaptive sports and given me a second family. Everyone in this organization, from the volunteers, the parents, the players, are incredibly special people and do an amazing job making people with disabilities feel like they belong.
I've been a part of this organization for close to 15 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
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
My fiance' is one of the team's goalies and we have been involved with LISH for 2 seasons. It has been life changing to say the least. It is so much more than a team, it is a family. It is a place where everyone can be themselves, everyone is accepted, everyone is supported. The players and their families celebrate your successes...the players and their families hold you up through trials and tribulations. It is an organization like no other I have ever been a part of. I am proud to say that I am a part of such a special "family". Oh and as a bonus we get to watch the team play some exciting sled hockey games too :)
My son has been playing sled hockey for twenty years . This organization has made a world of difference for him.
I have been involved with this organization for quite some time. In the past two seasons I became the head coach. I have never seen a more close knit team. Everyone helps each other. It's a family of all from the players to the families to the staff. Every player enjoys the comararderi and gets off the ice smiling whether it's win or lose. Great organization and I am proud to be it.
I have never seen a group of happier hockey players. Whether they win or lose they are all together sharing smiles. The organization flips the bill for all equipment and travel so these athletes can play. The families of these players and the whole organization are on big family. If you are an a differently-abled athlete and want to play hockey you are more than welcome to try it out. Great group of people who run this organization, from the President to the board to the volunteers and the coaching staff who run this program.
I myself, as the coach of this team, have never seen a more admirable team and organization and am proud to be part of them.
Being apart of this team has been life changing for me for my first time playing organized Sports. And this team is truly a family amd has been such a blessing to be on this team
I've been a part of the Long Island Roughriders for 3 years now. When I started playing hockey, I had no idea what the sport was. I was immediately drawn to it because it felt great to be part of a team. The camaraderie and friendships I've made over the last few years have made for some of the best experiences of my life. The team always has each other's backs win or lose. I've learned valuable lessons about teamwork and selflessness over the years that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I owe all of this to the way that this organization is run and to the people and families that are all involved.
I am a veteran who served 5yrs in the United States Army. In 2011, before returning home from Afghanistan, I suffered a spinal injury that took me out of the fight. After, I didn't think there would be much I could do sports wise. During my rehab, I was introduced to this sport for therapeutic reasons and was hooked immediately. Along the way of playing other teams, I met and joined the Long Island Sled Hockey team. The experience since has been rewarding. The Long Island Sled Hockey team has become a huge inspiration in my life. They have given me the opportunity to play a sport and be part of a team 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 guaranteed! The best part of being on this team is that the players, the families of, the volunteers and the board members have become an extended family.
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.
What a great program for athletes with both physical and mental challenges. Once on the ice all of there playing ability makes ones disability become nonexistent for a time. Wins and losses are rewarded in hugs, smiles and tears for all involved. NEVER SAY NEVER TO A CHALLENGE!!
this organization has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. not only im I able to play a sport I love but I get to do it with a great group of guys and girls with some amazing loving families. I'm also able to meet so many other amazing people from the different teams we play and build a bond with everyone
I have been on this team for going on 5+ years now and i have never had the urge to quit and stop playing..thats only because this team and the people that help with this team have amazing commitment and determenation to make everything better and accesible for everyones needs
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
Had my disability for almost 2 1/2 years this program was set to help people with disability to show that it's still possible to play sports and stay active. I've been playing sled hockey for 1yr and I love it...
This group provides exercise and social activities for the handicapped of all ages I at little or no cost to them
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
I'm really happy with LISH. Not only do they provide opportunity for any person with a disability a chance to play sled hockey, but they welcome new players with open arms. They believe that anyone can play sled hockey, and work hard to facilitate each players' successes. I've skated with them for five seasons, and find it incredibly rewarding.
As an athlete, I could not recommend this group any higher. I've gotten progressively and markedly better since joining the team, and am excited to see more and more members join in. The kindness and gratitude I have simply playing on the team is immeasurable.
This organization's greatest benefit is removing the barrier of playing sport for people with disabilities. The costs associated with having a player just to be on the ice is over $1000. This cost is simply out of reach for many people already dealing with the high costs of living with a disability. I cannot explain how much this is a blessing and a gift.
LI Sled Hockey Inc. works to ensure that this cost is never absorbed by the player. There is plentiful ice time, and the athletes work their hearts out to get to be better and better. The representatives also work hard to get the name out and known in the community, which helps grow the program even more.
My son has been playing for this organization for two years now and it has changed his life his personality is confidence he is a totally different child in a positive way. This team is family to us.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
'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
An excellent organization. I was fortunate enough to play with these guys for 3 years. Everyone plays, and the volunteers are very helpful and accommodating. There is no "I" in TEAM when it comes to LI sled Hockey. It's all about the athletes and the desire to see a smile on their faces
Way to go Bryan and company
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!!
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
This is a wonderful organization for disabled people of all ages to participate in the exciting game of ice hockey. All are welcomed to have fun, compete and experience a team sport. All profits go to the team in supplying what is required to play ice hockey, as well as ice time, games, and their annual summer tournament.
I have been associated with the Roughriders organization for over 20 years. I truly feel they are one of the best run organizations for athletes handicapped or able bodied you could ever wish for. From top to bottom they do their best to make sure everyone feels welcome regardless of athletic ability. While not always easy they make the impossible seem possible. Seeing some of our players overcome their fears getting on the ice, to becoming an important member of our team is an inspiration few could match. I wish our hockey family the best until we meet again on the ice come this fall. If your thinking about joining our team feel free to come down and see a practice first hand, I'm sure you to will be inspired as I was when I joined the Roughriders many years ago. Thanks Coach Brian for making this all possible, you are truly irreplaceable. Eric "11" Strez
Inspiration is the word that comes to mind when thinking of this amazing team of athletes. Watching them play this game makes you realize that, when it comes to sports, disabilities are left at the door. The comradery of the team is evident and the coaching staff becomes alive when their team takes the ice. The fact that they win big games is just a piece of it, but the smiles on their faces is the real win. Best nonprofit ever.
Most teams only care about winning. That's not the case with LISH. While the medals they always wind up taking home are great, the real reward is seeing the teammates on the ice enjoying something they never would, if it weren't for this organization. It's an exciting game, a pleasure to watch and an even bigger pleasure to hear about from my brother, who is on the team, and my dad, who is the president and proud coach. Every time I meet someone who is trying to find something for his or her family member of friend who is physically or mentally challenged I mention this wonderful organization and their eyes light up. The dedication of my dad, the board and the families who support their family members on the team is astounding and it's what makes this program stand out above all others.