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.
I am hearing Impaired. I startes sled Hockey two years ago. I love the sport.I like been part of the group. I learned new skills and made new friends. Everyone helps each other. My hockey team stay strong and keep focus.
Five Stars just is not enough. This is a game changer for both Physically and mentally handicapped athletes. No, its much more than that. Visit their website, attend a game, You will Cheer, cry, be amazed. all within 60 minutes Seriously, this is like nothing you have ever seen. No words can explain. You think professional Hockey is exciting? You think the NY Ranger Coaching Staff is dedicated ( they get paid for their dedication) Coach Blomquist gets paid in smiles. Miles of smiles. You can not believe this.
I have been a spectator at the games particpated by these disabled players and have been awestruck with the sense of accomplishment that they feel as a result of this program. It gives the disabled person an opportunity to compete on a level playing field with both abled bodies as well as disabled. And it provides an enjoyable spectator sport. Kudos to the coaches. players and parents!