Sled Hockey Gets Disabled Athletes Back In The Game


PROVIDING A PATH TO SUCCESS FOR HUNDREDS OF ATHLETES FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES. STEVE OVERMYER HAS MORE ON THE LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS. GOOD JOB, ALFRED! Reporter: EVERY PERSON HERE HAS A STORY OF TRIUMPH LIKE THIS 10-YEAR-OLD WITH A HIP DISORDER. I CAN PLAY HOCKEY HAVE FUN DOING IT AND GET OFF THE ICE AND NOT BE IN PAIN. SO IT’S PERFECT. Reporter: EVERY ATHLETE IS HERE BECAUSE HE HAS OVERCOME A CHALLENGE. CEREBRAL PALSY, AMPUTATION, SPINA BIFIDA OR DOWN SYNDROME. I HOPE MY FAMILY COULD SEE THIS BECAUSE I’M WITH THE ROUGH RIDERS. Reporter: THE LONG ISLAND ROUGH REQUIREDDERS STARTED IN 1995. IN THAT TIME THEY HAVE WON 16 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS, RAISED NEARLY $3 MILLION, AND GIVEN THESE ATHLETES AN OUTLET. TO BE ON THE ICE, TO FEEL THAT. Reporter: AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH STICK ARE STEEL TEETH THEY USE TO DIG INTO THE ICE. THE PLAYERS PROPEL THEMSELVES USING ARM POWER. WE ALL HAVE OUR CHALLENGES AND OUR UPS AND DOWNS BUT WE ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME. Reporter: RAY LOST HIS LEGS TWO YEARS AGO. WHILE HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, HE SAW A SLED HOCKEY GAME ON TV. AND A NEW PURPOSE WAS BORN. RIGHT THEN AND THERE I SAID TO MYSELF, LIKE, ONE DAY I’M GOING TO BE GOING THERE TO PLAY HOCKEY AND THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO. Reporter: BECAUSE OF HIS EDUCATION WITH THE ROUGH RIDERS, HE HAS NOW MADE THE NATIONAL SLED HOCKEY DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM IN TIME FOR A SPOT ON THE OLYMPICS. IT SEEMS LIKE THE COMMODITY HERE IS THE SMILES ON EVERYONE’S FACES. WE MEASURE SUCCESS WITH SMILES. LIKE HE SAID, THEY’RE ALL SMILING. Reporter: THE ROUGH RIDERS HAVE A MOTTO, SUCCESS IS MEASURED IN SMILES, NOT MEDALS. PRIDE NOT RIBBONS. DETERMINATION, NOT WINS AND LOSSES. CURRENTLY THERE ARE 51 PLAYERS PARTICIPATING. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ON HOW TO HELP BY VISITING CBSNEWYORK.COM RIGHT NOW. SOME OF THEM ARE IN WHEELCHAIRS, SOME IN PROSTHETICS, OTHER DISABILITIES BUT ALL THEIR TRAVEL AND EQUIPMENT ARE PAID FOR BY THE PUBLIC, BY THE DONATIONS THAT THEY GET FROM EVERYBODY OUT THERE. WHAT A GREAT MOTTO. I LOVE IT. MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD WATCHING THOSE GUYS. TREMENDOUS. IS THAT HARD TO LEARN HOW TO SKATE LIKE THAT? THEY TAKE ON SOME ABLE- BODIED HOCKEY PLAYERS THAT HAVE TO GET INTO THE SLEDS AS WELL AND IT TAKES THEM AT LEAST HALF MAYBE THE ENTIRE GAME BEFORE THEY CAN FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES AND THESE ARE REAL HOCKEY PLAYERS OUT THERE, TOO. WOW.

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