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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

180 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Bobby K.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great program run by dedicated and caring volunteers!

mrsdipi

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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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Sheila19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that is one hundred percent for the kids. I am a proud fan and have been for many years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has played with the RoughRiders for nine years and I can't say enough about the organization and players.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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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

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.
Dennis

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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

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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

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!
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