Playmaker Stories: The Beginning

You can learn a lot about The Playmakers Organization by reading the stories that have emerged over the years.

To watch our students grow and blossom into young adults who want to make a difference for themselves and others is a wonderful thing.

The Playmakers originated with free football camps for youth during the summer, while teaching them core values like being a Team Player and Winning With Honor. Now, The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy is on seven elementary school campuses coaching and empowering disadvantaged kids to make their path in life and not just follow others. Football is not a major component of our program as it used to be, but the values and character that embody Coach Roz’s principles from his football days is the core of our program.

When a child emerges and touches your heart in a special way, they will be forever remembered.

Many years ago during our summer football camp, the kids that needed a little extra attention would become Coach Roz’s helpers and get a shoulder ride throughout the camp. The shoulder rides originated when the little boy in this picture didn’t want to stay. He felt overwhelmed by how many children were there and told Coach Roz he’d really rather go home. Roz picked up the boy and put him on his shoulders. That helped a little, but he still wasn’t sure he wanted to stay, so Roz made him an Assistant Coach and gave him jobs to do. From that point on, the boy loved the camp and stayed all three days.

We love to hear from our “grown-up Playmakers” (former Lil’ Pups) who are carrying on The Playmakers “Pay It Forward” philosophy. If you would like to learn more about our core principals, you can read more here.

Read a Story from one of our Playmaker Moms.

Hear what the Vice Principal at Skycrest Elementary has to say about The Playmakers Academy.

Coach Roz’s latest book: Coaching Character and Leadership. Playbook for Parents is now available on Amazon.