125 Lil’ Pups entered the field through a tunnel of 50 professional, college and high school football players and a standing ovation welcoming them to a day designed just for them.
The Buffalo Bills organization really stepped up, with Harrison Phillips driving the goal of letting the kids shine and giving them a day to remember. The Playmakers worked with the Special Olympics, Bornhava – a Down Syndrome Organization, and with Buffalo Inner City Youth Football to bring young football fans out to run offensive drills, play tug-of-war and race relays with volunteers from The Buffalo Bills football team and local High School Football Player Volunteers from Alden Central High, Cheektowaga Central High and Akron High School. The NY State Police and Windom Fire Department was also in attendance providing demonstrations and answering questions from the kids about their careers.
We are proud to be partnered with these organizations in Buffalo:
We are grateful to be able to continue our mission to:
— Teach Teamwork
— Foster self-worth
— Provide opportunities
Keynote Speaker Phil Oates spent some time learning more about Jeremy and Clarissa and why they liked being part the The Playmakers Team. They were also surprised with their choice of tickets for a Major League Basketball or Baseball game! Those kids were grinning ear to ear and we are very proud of how they represent the spirit of The Playmakers.
We are a character-building academy looking for 8-12 year-olds in the community who don’t normally have access to summer recreation. Sacramento Summer Academy Fun and Learning starts in June, signup today!
Hosted at the CHR Training Academy in West Sacramento, this FREE Camp is about more than just football.
Former NFLer Tim Brown brings his FREE 911 Football Camp for kids with special needs to the Sacramento region.
UPDATE: Date of camp is now April 19, 2019.
Every year Tim Brown invites The Playmaker Team to attend his camp. It is an exciting day where all the kids get an experience they will never forget. This year we will be joined by Friends of Playmakers who have shown their commitment to helping our special group of kids overcome personal and family life challenges.
This exciting day of demonstrations and activities includes:
Police Dog Demonstrations
Police Helicopters Presentation
Deaf football players and coaches communication demonstration
The annual Tim Brown Mentor Mini Football Camp has been scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2019, at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy. Registration begins at 0730 hours and the event ends around 1500 hours. This is a one-day football camp for 100 young boys between the ages of 7 and 12 from urban, single parent, fatherless homes and is sponsored by the 9-1-1 for Kids Foundation and retired Oakland Raider and NFL Hall of Fame player Tim Brown. The event is a great opportunity to be a role model for these youths as their mentor dad for the day while they learn and interact through football training drills. This camp provides an opportunity for older, wiser, and more experienced individuals to provide support and guidance to a minor whose environment increases his chances of exposure to academic failure, gangs and violence, use of alcohol and drugs, and other at-risk behaviors.
The Tim Brown Mentor Mini Camp for Fatherless Boys, was established in 1999 to address the devastating effects of “fatherless families.” This annual event led by Tim Brown, and hosted by the CHP at its Academy in Sacramento during May each year matches 100 disadvantaged boys, 10-19 years of age, to a CHP officer who serves as their a mentor dad. Mentor and mentee participate in a football training camp just like the pros. The event assists boys absent a father in their homes and urban children who can benefit from encouragement and guidance from a caring adult.
Harrison Phillips’ childhood dream has come true, and he is paying it forward in so many ways!
From the age of 12, Harrison was focused on a singular goal – he wanted to play in the NFL. After graduating from Stanford in 2017, Harrison started 2018 with his draft to a major league team – The Buffalo Bills. Harrison had many accomplishments while playing football at Stanford, all while carrying a full load of classes to complete his double major. You can read about Harrison’s early years – The NFL was always his why.
On the field his nickname is Horrible Harry, out in the community he is far from it.
In this video, Harrison talks about how working with our Lil’ Pups fulfills him: “When I met these kids in third grade, most of them were at a first grade reading level, and by the time they were leaving fifth grade, they were on pace and reading at a fifth grade level. That was remarkable in itself but to see the character change and the maturity that came along with that….to meet a 3rd grader who wouldn’t look me in the eye and didn’t care anything about me, to coming back and they want to shake my hand, look me in the eye and ask me questions in such a respectful way. Those type of things give me so much encouragement and hope for the future of these young people.”
Tutoring in the classroom
Coaching on the playground
Demonstrating strength of character and giving back to “pay-it-forward”
Coach Roz was invited to attend a December game in New York where a special event took place that brings The Playmakers some national exposure.
All Buffalo Bills players had the chance to bring awareness to charitable causes that are important to them. During the Week 14 game against the New York Jets, players wore custom cleats as part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats (MCMC) campaign. The initiative is a culmination of collaborative work between the NFL and players across the league to showcase the work that our players are doing in the community.
“Harrison is like my own son and I am so proud,” Coach Roz (Greg Roeszler)
With his new life in New York with the Bills, Phillips’ role is shifting, and he is excited to highlight The Playmakers from a much larger platform. We are so appreciative for this young man and the assistance he has provided for our organization.
Harrison has continued helping his new community with the Buffalo Bills. He joined in on the NFL Flag Football powered by USA Football. helping mold healthier kids, more engaged families, and a closer community.
Jeremy came to us summer before last with a heavy heart and zero self-confidence. After his first Summer Camp with The Playmakers, Jeremy has found friends and supporters – a new family of sorts.
Most importantly, Jeremy is building his self esteem.
Through one-on-one coaching, Jeremy has responded positively and now has a future to look forward to. He is building life-long connections with The Playmakers family, and he will always have a place in our hearts.
The majority of our Lil’ Pups (young Playmakers) come to us from difficult circumstances. The Playmakers goal is to help these student learn what it is like to belong to a team – friends he has made and coaches that model positive character traits. Jeremy has embraced The Playmakers Creed and learned what it means to be a person of character who thinks of others before themselves. These skills have helped him overcome challenging life changes that were thrown his way.
Our goal is to help every child in this way — we all have challenges, some deeply hidden. It is crucial to reach these kids while they are young – so they are more prepared for life challenges and know what it means to do the right thing when no one is watching.
This is a free clinic offered to all Sacramento youth looking to build safe, fun, and effective football skills while also learning the importance of playing with character, integrity, and good sportsmanship.
The Playmakers Summer Academy is going on now through August 3.
Signup for one week or multiple weeks, based on availability.
Each week will bring fun with a focus on coaching character, leadership and teamwork. Our Character and Leadership Summer Academy is open to boys and girls, ages 8 to 12.
PLEASE CALL COACH (916) 220-1284 FOR ANY QUESTIONS.
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630
Outside the classroom, young people need peer support, not peer conflict.
Our mission is to mentor youth who are struggling, with a focus on character development. Our coaches give the kids powerful tools to apply during times of high-stress in their lives, to help them make better decisions for their future. Our program acts as support mechanism after the school day is done, and in the summer when gaps in learning occur.
For kids that come from disadvantaged and sometimes volatile backgrounds, The Playmakers Team is a safe place where they can feel included and learn who they want to be through character development, academics, fitness and recreation
If you want to see what last year’s Summer Academy looked like, check out the video!Keep scrolling if you would like to read about some recent events which show how we are changing student’s lives.
A principle’s report from Skycrest Elementary campus:
“Quick, go get someone from the office,” Sarah yelled as she came upon a cluster of kids just outside the fence. “Stop” she said in her bravest voice, “Is this fair to all concerned?” The bully took a step back, and everyone was looking at her. After a deep breath she said, “Will this build goodwill and better friendships?” This quick thinking bought enough time for the teacher to arrive before the bully could escape. Sarah was so relieved, and glad she had learned the Rotary Principles at Playmakers after school.
A teacher’s observation in the classroom at Woodland Prairie:
Savion had many challenges last fall which left him agitated most days. When he was invited to join the new after-school program, he only went because it meant he didn’t have to go home and be alone. He did not have a Dad and his mom worked a lot. Savion’s teacher told us that he is now participating in class, his mood has improved and you can tell he feels very proud to be part of The Playmakers Team.
Updated from the Cordova Villa Coach:
After school, Johnny reports to Coach Alec and quickly finishes his homework. After some character drills, he is outside, running and catching the football with his teammates. Johnny had a hard time at first learning to work with the group – he wanted to keep the spotlight on himself. Over the last few months, Johnny has been more helpful with others on the team, and is learning that there are times to let others shine.
Our programs are based on our character-based curriculum with trained coaches who work one-on-one with the students. The Playmakers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ID: 26-4648226. All monetary donations are tax deductible.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email below or call 916-220-1284.
I am a Playmaker. I have been blessed with coaches who care about me, pour into me, coach me hard, and love me. Someday I may be a Mom or Dad. I will be prepared to finish the job and pay-it-forward. That is what a Playmaker does, and I am a Playmaker. I will not tolerate bullying, speaking negatively about someone, or being unkind. Team means family.
I am a vicarious learner, a reader, and I value education for my future. I will give my best effort in the classroom and you will see me graduate because I value education. I understand that values are “things that are important to me.”
I am being built to serve others. It is my job to serve others in our community and make it better for others. I am built for others. I am cared for and am learning to care for others. That is part of my job. Caring for others is what makes our community better.
WINNING WITH HONOR
I am a Warrior/Poet, humble but confident. I am strong yet kind. That is what a Warrior/Poet is. I am beautiful. God is proud of me, crafted me perfectly, and is not done with me.
My coaches have invested in me and I will pay-it-forward to others. I am a Playmaker – standing tall, serving others, winning with honor, loving family and exceling in academics.
Harrison has been tremendous to our organization in so many ways, and as he prepares for the NFL, we want to express our deepest gratitude, and congratulate him on the wonderful things to come for him. #charactercounts #payitforward #stanfordman #coachingcharacter
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