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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

Lauren57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long Island Sled Hockey is an amazing organization. It is great to see all the athletes work together as they are successful on the ice. It's wonderful to see an organization that brings a community together.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to see how much these athletes enjoy participating with other athletes with disabilities and how much effort they make just to be involved. All the volunteers who make this possible deserve the highest praise for their unselfish giving of their time. A truly exceptional organization.

jaclyn.parenteau

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a supporter of the LI sled hockey league and the Ruff Riders. It is an amazing organization!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Long Island Sled Hokey organization is an amazing program. It helps mentally and physically challenged adults to fulfill their dreams. The team helps to build a sense of community within the players. These adults are able to grow because of the dedication and teamwork of everyone involved. What an amazing organization, under the leadership of Bryan Blomquist.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! Truly in a league of their own. Awesome to see the smiles and fun being had by all who play.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of this program for 11 years now and it has changed our lives. The people that are involved are phenomenal. He has been disabled from birth and the roughriders allows him to play the game he loves. We have became a family with these people and we have spent some good times along the way. Thank you for everything Bryan.

Darren C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been part of this program for 2 yrs. I love the fact i get to be with other disabled athletes and the therapeutic exercise it gives me GREAT PROGRAM! IM truley Blessed To Be A Part Of It THANK YOU! LISH

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a differently abled athele on this team for 10 years. It has given him comraderie and support and an opportunity to participate in sports. Even though it is my son who is part of the team ,as a parent I know I am also not alone

Larry G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Chris and I have been part of this program for over 15 yrs. the reward of knowing your son or daughter can achieve much like any other athlete can achieve is priceless . This program not only gives my son Chris a way to play a sport he loves, but also enhances his socialization with his peers. Much credit to Long Island Sled. Hockey and its founders, for without them we would not have a pride in our young men and women that we have today. Larry g

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a super group of kids who overcome their disabilities and love to compete at the highest level. Sled hockey gives them the opportunity that they otherwise would not have. It is wonderful to see the positive influence that it has on their lives

Elizabeth74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This. Organization is wonderful group of people! I have enjoyed watching the youth, young adults , and adults play this game. They are truly gifted people!,

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long Island Sled Hockey is a wonderful organization playing a great sport. It allows both physically and mentally challenged people to play hockey and be competive in tournaments. Anyone watching these athelets during a game will see the hard work and determination they exhibit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Long Island Sled Hockey is an organization dedicated to providing an athletic, competitive experience to those who are mentally or physically handicapped. The program has fielded a medal winning sled hockey team for the past several seasons, competing successfully on an international level including hosting an annual international invitational tournament. The entire program is operated by unpaid volunteers, mostly parents or other relatives of participants and concerned friends of the program. These people serve tirelessly and with great sacrifice to present participants with the opportunity to be a part of organized sports and to know the satisfaction of competing, both on an individual and team level, as able athletes do. Older team members also serve as mentors, role models and real-life touchstones for the younger and novice members working on learning and improving not only hockey skills but social and relationship skills, as well. For many team members, Long Island Sled Hockey is the first, if not only, such experience afforded to them. The success and true value of the program is easily recognizable by the dedication of the participants and the smiles that jump to their faces at the mere mention of the sport and "their" team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to Long Island Sled Hockey around 6 years ago and I was extremely impressed with the amount of support they receive from the local community. There are so many people who dedicate their time to assist and support this great organization and just seeing it once is enough to pull you in and want to be part of this family. Yes, I called it a family because that is exactly how we act, everything that needs to get done just gets done with no questions or bickering, we all work together to reach any goal we set because it is all done for the members of which this organization was founded for.

There are handicapped and able-bodied people members from all ages in this organization and to see them on the ice is a must see experience, and if you don’t I feel you are truly missing something in life. They are out there playing with such great joy and they are so competitive you would know they are playing with any sort of handicap and truth be told they always win the games we play against people who do not have a handicap because this is what sets them aside from everyone else, this is their time and no one will ever beat them at it.

You should make time and visit one of the games, you will be amazed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the summer I took a quick trip to Long Island to watch my cousin Tommy's sled hockey game at the 8th Annual RoughRiders Invitational Tournament. Tommy plays for the Rough Riders through Long Island Sled Hockey, an organization that supports sportsmanship and athleticism for mentally and physically handicapped youth and adults. Tommy has been playing for years, and his mom, my Aunt Sheila, is an able-bodied member of the team, acting as a pusher, assisting players who cannot maneuver their sleds alone.

​Sled hockey, if you have never experienced a game, is quite something. The speed at which the players move themselves and a large sled across the ice, solely with their upper body strength, is unbelievably impressive. Their shots towards and into the net have such force, that I ducked a few times at the crack of a stray one against the glass. It's clear by the amazing effort the players put into each game that they take great pride in the sport. Long Island Sled Hockey provides so many youth and adults with an opportunity to experience team camaraderie and be athletes, something that they many may have not has without participation in the organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother is a member of the team and always has fun playing on the team and traveling to different tournaments. This is a great organization that instills confidence and comradiere amongst the team members. Although winning is important Brian instills the team approach across the board and teaches the members the importance of teams not only on the ice but in life and that when we work together anything can be accomplished.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After 3 grueling years fighting off cancer and the loss of my leg, the farthest thing from my mind was ever getting back on the ice to compete again. Thank God for Brian, Frank and the Roughriders organization. I've since gotton back on the ice and competed once again. Believe me, sled hockey is much more demanding than stand up hockey ever was. Our team is an everchanging special family that my own four children have joined and caught the Roughrider fever. If you have any questions how great this organization is, just come out on tues or sat to watch the team play. You will be inspired as much as I am every time I have the priviledge to take the ice with these amazing athletes. There is no can't on this team, only to try and succeed!

Leela R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing team I have ever had the privilege of watching. My nephew is physically disabled and unable to play all sports. It was so heartbreaking to see him watch other children play sports he was unable to participate in. Then my sister and brother in law found the rough riders. Being on this team has given my nephew the opportunity to play sports and be a part of a team. I am amazed by everyone on this team. I as a physically able person could not play this sport the way they all do. I love watching them play. I love that the coaches treat the members of the team as if they do not have a disability. They push them and encourage them to do their best. Thank you to Bryan, the team members, volunteers and the family and friends that come out to support this amazing team of individuals. Most of all...Thank you for giving my nephew the opportunity to play a sport he may otherwise have not been able to play!! With love and admiration Lisa KJ's proud aunt!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have know Bryan Blomquist and his family for many years. This organization that he heads is wonderful! This group spends so much of thier personal time giving these wonderful kids the chance to play ice hockey. It is a truely amazing organization. We hope you consider giving this team the reward they deserve! Sincerely, Krista and Thomas Clancy

Tara13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is so hard to describe Long Island Sled Hockey and it's impact on the people involved without seeing it firsthand. This is truely a wonderful organization allowing physically and mentally challenged kids to be a part of a team and have a sense of comradery and sportsmanship. Going to the games in person is almost as if you're attending an NHL game with all of the screams and cheering from the fans in the stands. Bryan Blomquist, who runs the LI Rough Riders is the heart behind the organization and puts a tremendous amount of time into his team and this shows in the spirit of each player on the team, their opponents and the fans. The Long Island Sled Hockey team, the Rough Riders should certainly be considered for your award as it has changed the lives of many people; children and adults alike. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Tara Baglietto

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my son has been playing sled hockey for 7 years with li sled hockey. he is mentally and physically chalanged. sled hockey gives him the oppurtinity to be a part of the team that he can compete in thanks to all the supporters and coaches!!!