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.
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.
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.
I have known Bryan for many years. When he first came to me for support for the Long Island Sled Hockey team I jumped at the chance to help this wonderful organization, little did I know the profound effect this organization would have for so many families. From the the Donors right down to the athletes I don't of any other organization that fosters such a Family/Community atmosphere. I am proud to be a small part of a Great organization.
I have seen the wonderful things this program does for ""The Kids". It give me great pleasure to continue supporting this fine organization.
This is a worth while organization to support. ALL funds go directly to the program. The participants get all their equipment & travel supplied. This takes the pressure off the members and families. This allows these physically challenged athletes to enjoy the sport.
Not only does The Long Island Rough Rider Sled Hockey Program offer a healthy alternative for the disabled athlete but through the hard work and effort of the program's athletes and coaches as well as tremendous community and fan support this program has become a premier sled hockey program winning tournaments both nationally and abroad. Watching the growth of this program from its infancy to where it is today has been a joy. There seems to be no limit to Long Island Sled Hockey's future growth!
I have been attending fund raisers for LI Sled Hockey for 17 years and I am always impressed with the dedication and concern of the volunteers and staff. Having seen this team in action on the ice, it is hard to believe that any of the players are at all physically or mentally challenged. LI Sled Hockey is to be highly commended for providing an opportunity for these players to not only play a sport, but to travel with the team for tournaments.
It is wonderful to see how much these athletes enjoy participating with other athletes with disabilities and how much effort they make just to be involved. All the volunteers who make this possible deserve the highest praise for their unselfish giving of their time. A truly exceptional organization.