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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

Rosalie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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.

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!!!

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 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!

Bdm1995

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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?

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"!

Park 00

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to work with this organization.
Seeing the participants with mental and/or physical challenges play at practices and games at a high level of performance then come off the ice with the biggest smiles is very rewarding.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

'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

Steve148

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching these amazing disabled athletes enjoy themselves playing the sport they love is heart warming. Come on down to see such special athletes gaining confidence and keeping fit in a warm but competitive environment. We are proud of these players and continue to support the efforts of Mr. Blomquist. The rough riders are inspirational and need our continued support especially when you see their smiles through their facemasks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a true honor to volunteer for such an amazing organization. These athletes are striving through this program. I am an ice hockey goalie. When I volunteered I hung out near the goalie one night and he told me how was so depressed he didn't want to live. after finding the LI sled hockey team he has become an inspired athlete and loves the game again. This organization promotes camaraderie and confidence. It supplies exercise & competitive well being. What an hour to share the ice with such heroes who get to play the game they love. Go Rough Riders!!!