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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 10 bronze medals, six silver medals and 18 CHAMPIONSHIPS in 39 tournaments!!!. They continue to amaze. PLEASE visit our web site and view the 10 videos on our Home Page, produced by 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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This team and organization has changed my son's life. He has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and is significantly physically disabled. As a result of the equipment accommodations and dedicated volunteers, my son is able to play hockey, be part of a team and experience the ups and downs that come with playing in competitive sports. Sled hockey gives him something to look forward to, has helped foster friendships and has given him a reason to work harder every day. We are honored to be a part of this team and could never thank the board enough for letting us be a part of this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen a group of happier hockey players. Whether they win or lose they are all together sharing smiles. The organization flips the bill for all equipment and travel so these athletes can play. The families of these players and the whole organization are on big family. If you are an a differently-abled athlete and want to play hockey you are more than welcome to try it out. Great group of people who run this organization, from the President to the board to the volunteers and the coaching staff who run this program.
I myself, as the coach of this team, have never seen a more admirable team and organization and am proud to be part of them.
COACH PHIL

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best I have ever seen. All monies go directly to the organization so they can get sleds, ice time and needed equipment for the players, and never asking anything in return, only that the players and their parents and family are taken care of and have a good time. Their coaching staff is understanding of all players needs, and their volunteers are exceptional in their work with the team.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Long island sled hockey is an amazing organization that provides its athletes a place where their ABILITIES can shine. There is nothing like the feeling of being a part of a team!

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Sean L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on this team for going on 5+ years now and i have never had the urge to quit and stop playing..thats only because this team and the people that help with this team have amazing commitment and determenation to make everything better and accesible for everyones needs

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been playing for the team for the last 6 years now and im glad i joined..everyone makes it feel like its one big happy family

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Sheila19

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Long Island Sled Hockey-RoughRiders is a unique organization where mentally and or physically challenged individuals can succeed at a team sport. One's disability is put on the ice and it becomes an ability to shine! I have seen boys and girls, men and women, join at any age and quickly become confident, happy teammates. All are welcome and never disappointed. As a parent and volunteer, I highly recommend it.

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vinny88

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'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

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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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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.

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

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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!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long Island sled hockey is a wonderful opportunity for athletes who are differently abled to play, compete and belong as members of a team. The smile on their faces says it all. Please support this extremely worthwhile program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is an amazing organization which combines fun, sportsmanship and competition for its differently abled athletes. they have traveled as a team to compete in Canada and florida affording these players an experience they might not otherwise have been exposed to. all work for this group is done exclusively by volunteers and no salaries are paid to anyone. it is a wonderful experience for anyone to watch these athletes play and enjoy this sport.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LONG ISLAND SLED HOCKEY team offers a great program to people from the Long Island NY area. In addition, they are a great partner and competitor with other Sledge Hockey Clubs in the U.S. and Canada! Our Ottawa-based teams are very happy to have been associated with them for about 10 years as we share much of the same values and goals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful program and sport for the differently -abled athlete. It's always exciting to attend a game and watch the sportsmanship and skill of these athletes. It takes tremendous dedication and heart to achieve what the Rough Riders has over the years! I can't say enough good things about the organization and the confidence and joy it brings to everyone involved. It truly has had such a big impact on everyone!

Dan_39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LI Sled Hockey is terrific organization with a long rich history of helping the differently-abled athletes reach their full potential, instilling pride, determination and sense of team to a group of very talented sled hockey players. The staff have hearts bigger than themselves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and pleasure of serving as the webmaster for LI Sled Hockey since they were founded. The hard work of the volunteers who keep this wonderful organization operating like a well oiled machine is truly inspirational. The differently-abled athletes are amazing to watch!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization from top to bottom. All are welcome both disabled and able body athletes. Competitive without being exclusive. Pass the word to any and all friends looking for something to do out of the ordinary. I'm sure if you help out you will get more out of your experience than you could ever put in.
See You at Practice,
ERIC STREZENEC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a truly wonderful experience to be a small part of this organization. The commitment of the athlete's, parents, and coach's is something you have to see to believe. They have over the years developed into a fine tuned machine. They offer a chance for people with disabilities to be envolved in something that takes them away when they are on the ice or just being a part of a team. They have a tireless leader and coach, whose fund raising soley supports this wonderful progam.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son plays with the roughriders and he loves it. He can not play regular hockey so this organization has been fantastic thank you

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!,