I've been a part of the Long Island Roughriders for 3 years now. When I started playing hockey, I had no idea what the sport was. I was immediately drawn to it because it felt great to be part of a team. The camaraderie and friendships I've made over the last few years have made for some of the best experiences of my life. The team always has each other's backs win or lose. I've learned valuable lessons about teamwork and selflessness over the years that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I owe all of this to the way that this organization is run and to the people and families that are all involved.
LISH has by far been the best thing that has ever happened to my son. This was his 3rd year with the organization and I have been fortunate enough to watch him progress to an amazing athlete in this short amount of time. From knowing absolutely nothing about hockey in general to becoming so passionate about this incredible sport he gets to play, the change in him has been nothing short of miraculous! I am forever grateful to this organization for everything they have done and continue to do for Michael and all the players and families.
My son joined the Roughriders just over 2 years ago and this sport and this organization have changed his life in ways that I could never have imagined. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity this has given him as well as the new found confidence and friendships he has found among his team mates. As a mother, you just can't ask for more than to see that smile on your child's face when they find something that they truly love and enjoy. He cannot wait to get back on the ice this year!
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.
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.
I served 7 years Army reserves and after went on active duty stationed at Hunter Army Airfield Savannah Georgia. I served a little over three years active duty and did two tours in Iraq. I am a disabled veteran who has PTSD, and has mild high frequency hearing loss and also have several learning disabilities. 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 visited sled hockey team at ice rink and trying some of the drills i found the sport to be therapeutic for me and the rough riders welcome me with open arms as a family to be part 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 .
The Long island sled hockey rough riders I am proud member to be part of this organization. I have been plaing for almost two years I feel i have improved and i have learned alot from experience players on the team. The coaches, voluteers, board members and supporting families put alot of work in making the organization successful. Also i am happy to see a few veterans in organization as myself.
I am a veteran who served 5yrs in the United States Army. In 2011, before returning home from Afghanistan, I suffered a spinal injury that took me out of the fight. After, I didn't think there would be much I could do sports wise. During my rehab, I was introduced to this sport for therapeutic reasons and was hooked immediately. Along the way of playing other teams, I met and joined the Long Island Sled Hockey team. The experience since has been rewarding. The Long Island Sled Hockey team has become a huge inspiration in my life. They have given me the opportunity to play a sport and be part of a team that supports each individual with any disability, visible or not, on and off the ice. They have created a chance and challenge to make every player push themselves harder and prove that disabilities are not going to interfere with personal success. Every player comes off the ice a winner guaranteed! The best part of being on this team is that the players, the families of, the volunteers and the board members have become an extended family.
The Long Island Rough Riders have become a huge inspiration in my life. They have given me the opportunity to play a sport and be part of family that supports each individual with any disability, visible or not, on and off the ice. They have created a chance and challenge to make every player push themselves harder and prove that disabilities are not going to interfere with personal success. Every player comes off the ice a winner.
I play sledhockey for the LISH RoughRiders and I wear the #3 jersey. I like playing in games and tournaments. My family likes to see me play and sometimes I score a goal. Its lots of fun and my friends play on my team too.
I am on a team that is called Long Island rough riders for so many years. I learn a lot on the ice when we do drills. I am learning when the puck is off side so we need to get offside when we pass the puck is 1-2-3 from3 passes we shoot the puck in the net. when we play as a team together when we have a game I know what to do. this is a great sport I am playing we use our upper body. we have families and friends love this sport this is a great organization for all of us. I will continue to play because this sport is fun to play being with friends and teammates coaches/ assistant coaches and thank you.
this organization has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. not only im I able to play a sport I love but I get to do it with a great group of guys and girls with some amazing loving families. I'm also able to meet so many other amazing people from the different teams we play and build a bond with everyone
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!
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!
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
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
I'm really happy with LISH. Not only do they provide opportunity for any person with a disability a chance to play sled hockey, but they welcome new players with open arms. They believe that anyone can play sled hockey, and work hard to facilitate each players' successes. I've skated with them for five seasons, and find it incredibly rewarding.
As an athlete, I could not recommend this group any higher. I've gotten progressively and markedly better since joining the team, and am excited to see more and more members join in. The kindness and gratitude I have simply playing on the team is immeasurable.
This organization's greatest benefit is removing the barrier of playing sport for people with disabilities. The costs associated with having a player just to be on the ice is over $1000. This cost is simply out of reach for many people already dealing with the high costs of living with a disability. I cannot explain how much this is a blessing and a gift.
LI Sled Hockey Inc. works to ensure that this cost is never absorbed by the player. There is plentiful ice time, and the athletes work their hearts out to get to be better and better. The representatives also work hard to get the name out and known in the community, which helps grow the program even more.
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.
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.
Been playing with this program since day 1. Its one of the best programs for the handicapped were like one big family out the ice
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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!!!
My son has been a part of the Long Island Sled Hockey for 15 years. He is able to participate in a sport that is geared towards individuals with different types of disabilities. Another aspect of this organization is the many friends my son has made through the years. Words cannot express the positive reinforcement that this organization creates for these athletes. As the saying goes "all for one and one for all"!!! This is a team that cares for and about each other.
This organization is a God send for my son. By being part of the team he is able to participate in a sport that is geared towards the physically and mentally handicapped and also make friends!!!!
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
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
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?
As a part of this organization for the last 20 years, I can say that it has stood the test of time! A wonderful organization made up of great friends and family. No one gets turned down. Adapt and overcome!
LISH is a very unique organization. It allows people with a broad range of disabilities and ages to participate in a great sport. In my 18 years of disability sport experience, I rarely see an organization with this level of acceptance and integration. It is evident by the smiles on every face you see that this organization is really worth it! You will find that players and everyone else involved work and learn together, and learn the true meaning of comraderie.
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
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!!