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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Walter9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group provides exercise and social activities for the handicapped of all ages I at little or no cost to them

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became disabled 12 years ago. Before then I was a very active in sports and physical conditioning. About seven years ago I head about Long Island Sled Hockey. I joined the team 5 years ago. Joining with this fine group of handicapped individuals is one of the few organized athletic activities available to me . The last five years playing with this team has given me something to look forward to and has helped to remove the depression that often overtakes my thoughts . This non profit has had a major positive impact on my life in many ways

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great program run by dedicated and caring volunteers!

Will29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful charitable organization and it is run by wonderful, caring people.
My sons’ disability prevents him from walking, the coaches put him in a sled, provided him with equipment and had volunteers push him around the ice during practice and during games.
They allow disabled men and women of all ages to play.
Without this team I doubt my son would have had the chance to experience playing hockey.
Thank you to all of the individuals’ and establishments’ that support this group.

Charles77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The team brought me back to the level of playing sled hockey like I used to be. I am grateful
for the equipment the team had bought for my use on the team. And meeting all the players
with their interest in hockey. Way to go Rough Riders. We are own Olympic team.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My college age sons volunteer for the Roughriders during their season....I have never seen an organization committed to their athletes and their families as much as this one....they focus on building confidence, great team work and excellent sportsmanship at ever turn....the stronger athletes are often seen setting up a shot for those who struggle more or who have not had the opportunity to get that goal....the spirit in that ice rink is always uplifting to all and showcases the true meaning of the undefeated human spirit....so thankful as a parent that my sons have had the opportunity to be part of it!

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"!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is mentally challenged and always loved hockey but couldn't skate sled hockey changed his life he lives and breathes hockey .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago I took a trip to Long Island to watch my cousin sled hockey game at the Annual RoughRiders Invitational Tournament. Long Island Sled Hockey, is an organization that supports sportsmanship and athleticism for youth and adults with varying handicaps. Sled hockey, if you have never seen it in action, is quite something. The speed at which the players are able to move themselves and a large sled across the ice, solely with their upper body strength, is unbeliveably impressive. Their shots towards and into the net have such force, that I ducked a few times at the crack of a stray puck against the glass. Family and friends are always in the stands showing support for the team, and it is clear that the leaders of this organization have created a unique community for their team players.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful! They helped my nephew understand that even though he has CP it does not have to stop him from enjoying life and from participating in anything he wants to try to do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization for disabled people of all ages to participate in the exciting game of ice hockey. All are welcomed to have fun, compete and experience a team sport. All profits go to the team in supplying what is required to play ice hockey, as well as ice time, games, and their annual summer tournament.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inspiration is the word that comes to mind when thinking of this amazing team of athletes. Watching them play this game makes you realize that, when it comes to sports, disabilities are left at the door. The comradery of the team is evident and the coaching staff becomes alive when their team takes the ice. The fact that they win big games is just a piece of it, but the smiles on their faces is the real win. Best nonprofit ever.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Most teams only care about winning. That's not the case with LISH. While the medals they always wind up taking home are great, the real reward is seeing the teammates on the ice enjoying something they never would, if it weren't for this organization. It's an exciting game, a pleasure to watch and an even bigger pleasure to hear about from my brother, who is on the team, and my dad, who is the president and proud coach. Every time I meet someone who is trying to find something for his or her family member of friend who is physically or mentally challenged I mention this wonderful organization and their eyes light up. The dedication of my dad, the board and the families who support their family members on the team is astounding and it's what makes this program stand out above all others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time that I was able to see them in action was very inspiring. The money that goes to this organization is 100% for the handicapped. There ARE NO FRILLS. This particular sport takes any and all handicapped whether it be physically or mentally challenged. They learn to act as a team and compete against other teams in this country and in Canada. All proceeds go for their equipment and travel.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spirited young people overcoming their handicaps with joy and enthusiasm.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I enjoyed reviewing the work of your organization online and commend you for all the good deeds you are performing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter plays with the Long Island Rough Riders and absolutely loves it! The team is like her second family and she couldn't live without them!

Mary255

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization! Bryan Blomquist and his players are dedicated to the sport and to every differently-abled athlete they meet--teamwork that extends far beyond their time together on the ice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The kids are dedicated to their team, and work very hard. They learn to participate as athletes strengthening their bodies, and make strong friendships. They learn to trust team mates and have fun while playing a sport.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization. The athletes enjoy playing and competing. LI Sled Hockey provides an opportunity that can be found no where else. See a game if you can - you will be an instant fan. Can't say enough about Bryan Bloomquist and his fellow volunteers. Keep up the great work!!