Our time with the students during the summer is rewarding – to see how we are making a difference in the everyday lives of the children we serve.
The 2017 Playmakers Folsom Character & Leadership Summer Academy. Thank you Rotary Club of Folsom, we built some amazing relationships this summer with the kids. We couldn’t have done it without your help, Thank You!
On our final day, The Playmaker student-athletes enjoyed a delicious lunch of Chicago Fire Pizza, who we give many thanks for donating funds and pizza this summer for a great group of kids. Looking forward to next summer! #characterfirst #payitforward #TeamMeansFamily #chificommunity
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.
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.
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the founder and executive director of the Sacramento-based Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. For more information, visit theplaymakers.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In his own unique way, Coach Roz shares 22 Practical Quotes which he uses to teach today’s youth what it means to be a person of character. Coach Roz tells how his Playmakers program offers a clear base of support for parents who have the difficult task of raising their kids alone. Laced with humor, and undergirded by his passion for helping lost kids, every page is a gem that is bound to touch a reader’s heart.
Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents, with Donna Miesbach and Foreword by David Humm.