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Long Island Sled Hockey Inc. - For the Differently-abled Athlete

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: 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. Our main tenet remains that each athlete PAYS NOTHING FOR THIS PROGRAM: NOTHING FOR THEIR $2000 WORTH OF EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS, NOTHING FOR TRAVEL, INCLUDING TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FEES, AIR, BUS HOTEL AND MEALS. NOTHING, PERIOD. WE RELY ON YOU!!!

Results: These very special athletes have captured 12 bronze medals, six silver medals and 18 CHAMPIONSHIPS in 44 tournaments!!!. They continue to amaze. PLEASE visit our web site and view the 14 videos on our Home Page, produced by MIKE ROWE & RETURNING THE FAVOR, WCBS TV with Sports Anchor Steve Overmyer, WABC TV, MSN Network, YES Network, the NY Times, Verizon Fios One MSG Network 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

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Organization.... The hockey family at its best.....

Client Served

Rating: 5

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
Joe Laslo

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredible organization that offers something for everyone.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an incredible program that brings smiles to everyone involved.

It has been a pleasure to watch it grow through the years and today it is bigger and better than ever.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t thank the players, volunteers, and parents who make this team a success!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!
Fitzy #93

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a part of this organization for the last 20 years, I can say that it has stood the test of time! A wonderful organization made up of great friends and family. No one gets turned down. Adapt and overcome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Eleanore O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a combat veteran and have been with the rough riders for approximately 4 years . I love the organization and it is a excellent organization to be part of. . After my reintegration back into civilian sector I had to transition myself. I was fortunate to have gone to one event a professional from adaptive sports from Windham NY told me about sit down water skiing in Connecticut called Leaps of Faith and i was introduce to sled hockey by one of the team mates from rough riders she told me about it an invited me to one of the practices. After the practice I like it and right ten I new I had to be a member of the team.The other rewarding aspect from the Long island sled hockey team are to the various types of disabilities and the team does not let any of their challenges stop them from playing and to be better player. Being part of this team has given me more confidence to challenge myself not only in playing hockey but in other adaptive sports .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I served 7 years Army reserves and after went on active duty stationed at Hunter Army Airfield Savannah Georgia. I served a little over three years active duty and did two tours in Iraq. I am a disabled veteran who has PTSD, and has mild high frequency hearing loss and also have several learning disabilities. After my reintegration back into civilian sector I had to transition myself. I was fortunate to have gone to one event a professional from adaptive sports from Windham NY told me about sit down water skiing in Connecticut called Leaps of Faith and i was introduce to sled hockey by one of the team mates from rough riders she told me about it an invited me to one of the practices. After visited sled hockey team at ice rink and trying some of the drills i found the sport to be therapeutic for me and the rough riders welcome me with open arms as a family to be part of the team. The other rewarding aspect from the Long island sled hockey team are to the various types of disabilities and the team does not let any of their challenges stop them from playing and to be better player. Being part of this team has given me more confidence to challenge myself not only in playing hockey but in other adaptive sports .

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mrsdipi

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

LISH has by far been the best thing that has ever happened to my son. This was his 3rd year with the organization and I have been fortunate enough to watch him progress to an amazing athlete in this short amount of time. From knowing absolutely nothing about hockey in general to becoming so passionate about this incredible sport he gets to play, the change in him has been nothing short of miraculous! I am forever grateful to this organization for everything they have done and continue to do for Michael and all the players and families.

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artdavid

Donor

Rating: 5

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.
Art David

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spirited young people overcoming their handicaps with joy and enthusiasm.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I play on the long Island Sledhockey team and it is a lot of fun. We have tournaments and travel to different places. I love my teammates and coaches they are great.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I play sledhockey for the LISH RoughRiders and I wear the #3 jersey. I like playing in games and tournaments. My family likes to see me play and sometimes I score a goal. Its lots of fun and my friends play on my team too.

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Sheila19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this Sledhockey team for over 20 years, because it’s the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Long Island sled hockey is a wonderful organization that has given the opportunity to experience the thrill and satisfaction of playing ice hockey to many athletes who are physically and/or mentally challenged. This LISH RoughRiders team is a unique and valuable asset to the community. It is comprised of volunteers and special athletes who never stop giving.

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1 Roseann Caccavale M.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Adam54

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Been playing with this program since day 1. Its one of the best programs for the handicapped were like one big family out the ice

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vinny88

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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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