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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
D. Zephrine

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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Sara_OHP

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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.