Young Playmakers compete and learn about winning with honor.

Rancho Cordova, May 2017

The First Annual Playmakers Olympics, held at River City Christian Church in Rancho Cordova, was a great way for our Playmakers students to use the teamwork skills they have been learning. Playmaker Parents and Coaches cheered from the sidelines while Playmaker students from 6 schools competed at this end-of-school-year celebration.

Coaching Character and Winning with Honor are key components to our Playmakers Academy curriculum. You are invited to visit our program and see how our coaches are working with the students in the three areas of Academics, Fitness and Character and Leadership. One student shares her feelings about being part of The Playmakers Academy.

You hear what parents are saying about our program here.


Coach Roz featured in Daily Word

Coaching in the Inner City

This article was published last month in Daily Word, A Faith-based website of resources and Daily Inspiration by Unity. Coach Roz speaks about his coaching experiences and his passion for helping lost kids.

When I started coaching high school football in one of Sacramento’s roughest areas, I didn’t know some of these kids had no place to live or that they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. Many had never known their father. They all wanted to play football, even though their school hadn’t won a game in three years. It was a big assignment, but I wanted them to have a male role model in their life who truly cared about them. The football team became “family” for them and they found a sense of belonging and safety.

Many of the boys were failing academically, so I started an early-morning tutoring program. Initially, we were just helping them catch up on their homework. It didn’t take long to find out that they were failing because they couldn’t read. We switched our focus to reading and getting them caught up in the foundational pieces necessary for them to pass their subjects.

We wanted to provide ongoing support and encouragement for kids who had been given such a tough start in life, so Playmakers Mentoring Foundation was born. Through Playmakers, we promote character and leadership to disadvantaged and at-risk kids using football as the conduit. For many of these kids, our program became a lifeline.

You have to be willing to meet the kids where they are. That means going to difficult neighborhoods and broken homes and being comfortable developing relationships with the kids and their families, just as Jesus would. We try to model Jesus by how we carry ourselves, how we live our lives, and how we interact with kids. That’s what being a Playmaker is all about.

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Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the founder and executive director of the Sacramento-based Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. For more information, visit

Leaving to Pay-It-Forward – Always a Playmaker

Anthony Viveiros is just an Uncommon Man.

I met Anthony 3 years ago as he applied for our summer part time position working with our Playmaker kids.  Anthony was a center on the Sac State football team and an honor student.  Anthony pioneered our summer reading program working with kids and the Optimists at Howe Avenue School in 100 degree weather.

Anthony Viveiros

Over the three years he has been with us, Anthony’s responsibilities increased to Director of Coaches and he has recruited our outstanding coaching staff of today.  He has been instrumental in the development and writing of our curriculum and much more.  Anthony has spoken to numerous civic groups and sat in on many meetings regarding the well being of our kids and program.

You can see Anthony here introducing our coaching staff at the Annual Playmakers Tri Tip Dinner.

Alec Romero

Anthony is now leaving to accept a career position with Elk Grove Parks and Recreation and will do an outstanding job.  He will bring much to that organization and to many kids.  He leaves his position with us in good hands with Alec Romero.  Alec is with us for his third year and is taking on the responsibility of marketing and some grant research and more.  Alec is on a fast track to graduation and working with Playmakers full time.

Anthony will be missed, he now becomes part of our community on a permanent basis.  He makes our community better and we can’t wait to see all the great thing he will do.  Anthony does not leave us as you are “always a Playmaker.”  It has been fun watching you grow and mature into a great man of character.

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

If you know someone who has a passion for helping lost kids, have them contact us about career and internship opportunities.


Why Civic Groups are important to Playmakers

One of our missions is to teach the pay it forward philosophy of volunteering to the next generation. We want to instill a pride in serving community, and being a contributing team member.

optimist volunteers

We would like to express our heart-felt thank you to each service club that has shown support for The Playmakers through the years.

The Optimists and Rotarians that support our mission are allowing us to help give disadvantaged youth the power to change their world. Through leadership and character-building exercises, we are seeing a difference in kids who have had a history of behavior issues and a lack of focus. The students are responding with heartwarming acts of kindness that are making a difference in the mindset of the campus.

We invite you to visit our program so you can see in person how the coaches at our Playmakers Academy are building positivity into the Lil’ Pups they supervise.

The Sacramento region has more non-profits thank any other city on the west coast. We appreciate you may have many causes close to your heart. For Big Day of Giving 2017, would you be able to commit to our minimum $15 level?  Our goal is that every single dollar will be matched by one or more of the Optimist and Rotary supporters.

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This year you can pre-schedule your donation on our Big Day of Giving website page

Playmakers Olympics 2017

Our First Playmakers Olympics

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm

Location: River City Church in Rancho Cordova  Map it

This will be our first annual Playmaker Olympics! This will be a FREE event to all Playmaker students as well as families. We invite you to watch as our young Playmakers show us teamwork and how to win with honor.

  • Watch Playmakers compete in individual events for their specific campus.
  • Enjoy some hot dogs and drinks!

We will have roughly 25 participants from each school:

  • Cordova Villa
  • Cordova Meadows
  • White Rock Elementary
  • Blanche Sprentz
  • Prairie Elementary
  • Northridge Elementary
  • Skycrest Elementary

Olympics Events:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Relays
  • Tug a war
  • Football Routes
  • Trivia

Event Day Schedule

11:00am -12:00pm Playmakers arrive

Have the kids have some free time to loosen up and get ready. This will help socialize with other Playmakers. Coaches will get to walk around and greet other schools. This will help make the kids more comfortable not only with their coach, but also other coaches. Reinforce our FAMILY values.

12:15pm: Playmakers Stretch

Stretch lines. Every coach is responsible to have his or her own school ready to compete. Make sure your kids know this is a competition, but we must display good Character and Sportsmanship at all times. Coaches remember we will be asking students to shout out our Character Curriculum.

12:30pm: Coaches introduction

We will group up all the Playmakers and have a guest speaker talk to the student (ex: Pastor, Coach Roz & etc).

Coach Anthony goes over all the rules and the standards we will be holding

12:45pm: Event #1 — Soccer Tournament

There will be 3 games going on at once with small goals. Each team will consist of 5 players, three boys and two girls. There can be more girls than that, but teams cannot have more than 3 boys. The game will consist of two 10-minute halves with running clocks. There will also be a five-minute break in between the halves.

Soccer Rules and Scoring

Only the 3 winners of the games will earn points for their team. The team that had the most goals scored will earn 3 points for their team. The second team with the most points will earn 2 points for their team. The 3rd team that won will earn 1 point for their school. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point. Ties will be decided by penalty kicks.

1:15pm: Event #2 — Tug a War

Same rules as soccer, this is for boys and girls. 3 boys and 2 girls at least. We will have one rope and take turns going, this will be a short event. First place will earn 3 points for their school. Second place will earn 2 points for their school, and Third place will earn 1 point for their team. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point.

1:45pm: Event #3 — Football Routes

3 Playmakers from each campus will participate in this event (2 Boys max).  The routes ran would be the corner, post, slant, and seam. We can have 4 coaches throwing at the kids in each different pass. If the kid catches the ball, they get one point for this event. Every kid gets 3 tries at each route. The school with the most catches combined will get 3 points for their school, second place gets 2 points, and third place gets 1 point.

2:00pm: Event #4 — Free throw competition

One boy and one girl will represent each school. Each kid will get 30 seconds to try to make as many free throws as possible. Both scores will be added to come with a school grand total. Once again, the team with the most points will get 3 points for their team, second place 2 points, and third place will get 1 point. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point.


Eggs toss game.

-First place 3 points for their team

-Second place 2 points for their team

-Third place 1 point for their team

2:30pm: Event #5 — Character Trivia

Jeopardy game. Have 1 boy and 1 girl represent each school. Two separate games, one for boys and the other for girls. This will give us a chance to incorporate the kids who do not like playing sports as much as others.

1st place boy- 3 points for their school

2nd place boy- 2 points for their school

3rd place boy- 1 point for their school

1st place girl- 3 points for their school

2nd place girl- 2 points for their school

3rd place girl- 1 point for their school

The school to sit this event out will get 2 points, one for the girls trivia and the other for the boys trivia.

Note: A school may earn up to 6 points if both, their boy and girl win this event. This should be our biggest event because this is what the program is all about. All coaches must be engaged and energetic.

3:15pm: Event 6 — Three Legged Races

For this event each school has two in the event both coed. Scoring will be the same as trivia. We will have two different races, one for boys and the other for girls.

3:30pm: Event 7 — Relay Races

1st Leg must sprint 100 yards

2nd Leg must do 15 jumping jacks before running 50 yards

3rd Leg must spin 10 times before running

4th Leg must do 10 push ups before running

5th Leg 10 squats before running

6th Leg sprint 100 yards

Coaches must use three girls and three boys for this event. We need to use our integrity to make sure all our kids do jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and spins correctly

3:45, Presentation of the trophy and close up.

Third place will get a cookie party and movie

Second place ice cream party and movie

First place Pizza Party and Movie

4:00- 4:30 BBQ and head home


Thank you to the coaches who are the heart of our academic program

Our academy coaches are paying it forward.

On Saturday, April 29, we celebrated the hard work of our trained coaches. For our sponsors who have not had a chance to visit our program, it was an opportunity to meet these hard-working college students.

They show up and lead by example. They teach our Playmakers in training what it means to love, live a life of purpose, and to have the self confidence to achieve their goals. These adults of upstanding character are paying it forward, and they are the heart of The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy.

What differentiates the Playmakers after school program is the integration of reading and character modules into our sports and recreation program. Our vision is to be the standard in after-school programs. Our instructors (“coaches”) are high-school and university student athletes who are recommended by their coaches and peers. As coaches they create motivation through inspiration and incentives for participants (VIP attendance at a college game, for example).

“Good human-relations skills have the ability to change people from managing others to leading others.” John Rampey

The Playmakers is a youth mentoring non-profit organization which uses sports to motivate at-risk youth to improve reading skills, grades, behavior and becoming more accountable individuals overall (character growth). Playmakers educates youth and supporting family members in core values of Academics, Serving Others, and Competing with Honor.

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

Annual Tri Tip Dinner and Big Day of Giving

Join us for an evening of friendship and inspiring stories.

The Playmakers 2017 Annual Tri Tip Dinner

Saturday, April 29
6:00pm @ Divine Savior Church
9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale

Over the last year, the students in our Playmakers Academy have shown us how they are learning positive character traits and practicing acts of kindness in their community.
During the evening you will meet our coaches who work with our Lil’ Pups, and hear stories about how our programs are giving youth the power to change their world.

Dinner starts at 6:00pm on Saturday, April 29.
Ticket prices are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight.

How you can contribute: In addition to your dinner ticket, we ask you invite a friend who shares your passion for helping youth. You can help us spread the word about how we are changing young lives in disadvantaged communities.

Big Day of Giving 2017: This year The Playmakers is participating in this nationwide event to raise funds to keep our programs in place. Our goal is to match a 21,000 donation in place from our civic group sponsors. You can learn more about our Big Day of Giving campaign here.

Please like and share our event on Facebook!

Our team of coaches are doing a tremendous job guiding our Lil’ Pups.

Please consider a donation to The Playmakers on Big Day of Giving 2017

On May 4, 2017, The Playmakers will join non-profits all over the region in Big Day of Giving 2017.

On-going funding is vital to keep our programs running. From our trained coaches and Let’s Go Learn software licensing, to t-shirts and field trips for each young Playmaker. We are providing tools and support to make a difference in the lives of lost kids, empowering them to overcome life’s challenges.

Even a small donation can make a huge difference. This year, the minimum pledge is only $15, and that can be used for field trips or a pizza day reward celebration. Our programs are provided at no cost to the student or parent, so every dollar helps.

Since the beginning of Playmakers, our core mission has not changed. I believe in every generation, we desperately need youth of character who are built to serve others. By contributing to something bigger than themselves they, they learn their value and potential. Every youth we can affect will certainly be a Playmaker for life.
Greg Roeszler
Executive Director, The Playmakers

The Playmakers First Super Bowl Champion!

Jordan Richards has been a champion all his life.

From the time Jordan stepped into the classroom or on the field he was destined for great things.  The latest in his achievements is he is now a Super Bowl Champion.  In only his second year with the New England Patriots Jordan will have Super bowl ring alongside his Rose Bowl ring and Stanford degree.

Jordan Richards before being recruited by the New England Patriots in 2015.

Richards has been a Playmaker since his freshman year of high school when he showed up to talk to youth football Playmakers about character and serving others in the community.  Jordan has spoken to

Playmaker kids, purchased jerseys for “Jordan’s Playmakers” and seen to it that they have seen him play at Stanford and much more.

STANFORD, CA – Saturday, Sept. 3, 2010: Stanford defeated San Jose State 57-3 at Stanford Stadium.

Jordan’s signature on Playmakers extends now to recruiting Harrison Phillips, Stanford’s 6’3” 290 pound defensive tackle who has taken Jordan’s baton locally.  Phillips will soon join Jordan in the NFL.  Recruiting character athletes for mentoring younger kids is part of Playmakers “pay-it-forward” philosophy led by Richards.

Richards, Phillips and Playmaker Executive Director, Greg Roeszler are now in planning it’s 8th afterschool academy that will be in Palo Alto creating a permanent legacy of Jordan and Harrison at Stanford.  Jordan is leaving a lasting imprint on hundreds of at-risk kids through Playmakers.

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For more information about our Character and Leadership Academy, visit or contact Coach Roz.