Here are a few ways you can help:
Coaching & Mentoring
If working directly with kids is your passion, quality coaching and mentoring can make a life-long difference in the life of the child. As a Playmakers coach, you’ll teach boys how to be a real hero by becoming someone to be counted on. You’ll give kids a roadmap for building character, and you will make life safer for these kids. Because Playmakers coaches are there for a long haul, not just during “the season,” they set an example kids will not forget.
One of the most exciting aspects of our program are the young college men who mentor these students. Our interns during the summer and winter are college-level football players from Sacramento State University. We are also proud to know some Stanford Football men on the cusp of promising NFL careers. They provide hope and guidance to the inspire greatness among the young people in our program who mostly come from single-mother homes. Jordan Richards is a recent Stanford graduate who provided a fine example for our Lil’ Pups.
We have been very lucky to have the support of our business mentors and partners. Part of the guidance we provide to the youth in our program is a chance to explore and find a purpose for what they would like to do as they move into adulthood. Through field trips, demonstrating their abilities, and one-on-one mentoring, our student have glimpses into different occupations and opportunities. VSP was most generous with their contribution to our Summer Football Camp where all players received a free eye exam, and eye glasses, and additional treatment where necessary.
We cannot do what we do without the generous support of individuals and businesses who mentor our kids and volunteer during our fundraising events. Events we have had in the past include dinners, golf tournaments, crab feeds and car washes. If fundraising speaks to you, we would encourage you to be involved. What kind of event sounds fun? What would get a good response in your area? Please let us know, and we’ll be glad to work with you to get it up and running.
Community Service Projects
We are always looking for ways our kids can give back to the community, whether it’s painting fences, cleaning up, or helping at an event. Our kids are always supervised, always respect adults, and community service helps build self-esteem and respect both for self and others. If you know of a way we can serve, please let us know!
If you have an immediate interest in volunteering, please 2015 Volunteer Application
Contact Coach Roz at Playmakers to learn how to get started.