Summer 2019: Playmakers Football Camp News

What a summer it has been!

We began in April with The Playmaker/Tim Brown camp for kids here in Sacramento.  Our camp featured 100 at-risk/special needs kids including 15 hearing impaired and deaf kids. What a blast we had with K9 and the CHP high speed demonstrations from law enforcement’s finest.  Tim Brown and The Playmakers will be expanding the event to invite more kids next spring.  The camp was facilitated by 3 local high schools including Rio Americano, El Camino and Mira Loma High Schools.

Buffalo, NY Football Camp

On May 4th Playmaker Harrison Phillips hosted another 100 at risk/special needs football camp at the Buffalo Bills practice facility. What an experience for the kids, including participation from law enforcement, the local fire department and many volunteers. Between events, everyone danced to the DJ music that was played throughout the day, and FUN was emphasized with lots of encouragement. Harrison brought eight fellow Buffalo Bill players with him to coach for the day, and we had volunteers from four Buffalo High School football teams who all worked to make this a tremendous day for the kids.

Plans are being made for next summer’s Buffalo, NY event at The Bills facility where we plan to host over 200 kids. With our goal of building a Playmakers Community in Buffalo, we are making plans for those who attended camp in May to come watch Harrison Phillips and the Buffalo Bills play at the end of August against The Minnesota Vikings.  Pretty cool stuff for Harrison’s Buffalo Playmakers.

Sacramento, CA Football Camp

In June at El Camino High School, Harrison Phillips as well as Oakland Raider Playmaker Jordan Richards coaching our Lil’ Playmakers. The camp was facilitated by two rival high schools that worked together to make the day a great one for the kids. Lunch was provided by our new corporate partner, The Burgess Brothers – amazing food and we are incredibly grateful for their support.

Omaha, NE Football Camp

In July, The Playmakers hosted 100 kids, 4 high schools and a variety of corporate sponsors for a Give Back day in Harrison’s home town. The kids participated in a variety of football drills and games including tug-of-war and water balloon fights. We danced to the DJ, had a local police dog and horses demonstration. The fire department gave a tremendous demonstration and the high school players did a tremendous job facilitating the day. The kids loved seeing Harrison and other retired NFLers who came to visit. Over 300 were in attendance and plans are already being made for follow up activities during the year and camp next summer.

We are now planning upcoming events:

  • At risk/special needs basketball game
  • Sacramento State Football Game
  • Buffalo Bills (Harrison’s Team) against The Minnesota Vikings
  • Stanford Football Game
  • Sacramento Go Kart Day
  • Omaha Go Kart Day

Stay tuned for updates by following one of our social media channels below!

The Playmakers is planning for our 2020 summer football/recreational sports days with the goals of reaching 1000 kids in the following cities: Sacramento, Buffalo, Omaha, Fremont and San Diego.  If you have any media or possible sponsorship connections in these cities, we need you on our team!  Follow us on our social media for updates, call Coach Roz at 916-220-1284 or email him if you can help.

Harrison’s Playmakers – Omaha, Nebraska

Harrison Phillips and The Playmakers are ready for Omaha and will be at Collins Field on July 6.

This event is CLOSED to the public but OPEN to participants from local organizations including Gomez Heritage Elementary, Parkview Heights Elementary, Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Special Olympics Nebraska, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

We are working with local agencies and schools to build a Playmakers community in each of these cities for at-risk and special needs youth. Our football mentors will include players and coaches from Bellevue West Football, Millard West Athletics & Activities, Burke Football, and Omaha South High.

Thank You to our local sponsors!

Our gratitude is immeasurable that we can continue our mission of helping at-risk youth.

Gold Star Sponsor – $2500

 

Silver Star Sponsor $1000

Medicine Man Pharmacy
NP Dodge Realty – Becky Tindall
 

Bronze Star Sponsors ($500)

State Farm – Cory Juma
Reality Based Leadership
First State Bank
Paul and Pam Bails Family

Touchdown Sponsors

Runza, 168th & Harrison
Talk About It Entertainment
Fire Nutrition
The Lockerroom
Quality 1 Graphics & Signs
Hawley Orthodontics
Rotella’s
HyVee
Vic’s Popcorn
Krispy Kreme
Teddy Grahams: Friends of Millard West
Gomez Elementary After School Program
National Football League Players Association
Joe Croom: Videography and Photography
Jack Barna: Drone footage and photography
Jessie Addleman Photo: Videography and Photography
Katie Cowell Photography

This camp is closed to the public as we are working with special-needs agencies. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorships, please contact Coach Roz at 916-220-1284.

Harrison’s Playmakers: First Stop Buffalo, NY

May 4, 2019:

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:

Bornhava, and early childhood center for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Special Olympics

City of Buffalo Youth Recreation Centers

Thank you to the Buffalo Bills team members and the volunteers who paid-it-forward on their day off and made this an extra-special day for the kids.

Playmakers made the news in Buffalo!

Questions? Would you like to get involved? Contact us below!

Contact Coach Roz

 

Summer Character Academy is Funded!

A round of applause to ALL our dinner attendees and supporters who helped us break our fundraising record! We are ready to start enrolling for Summer Character Academy!

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.

Learn more about our Summer Character Academy or contact us below.

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!

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Tim Brown 911 Playmakers Camp in Sacramento April 19

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
  • Water balloon challenge
  • Pro and College football players in attendance
  • Highway Patrol Demonstrations

Contact Coach Roz if you are interested in giving back and showing their support.

You can see a more detailed video about the Tim Brown 9-1-1 football camp here.

 

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.

Playmaker Star Harrison Phillips, setting a shining example of youth mentorship

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.

Draft Night Celebration 2018

On the field his nickname is Horrible Harry, out in the community he is far from it.

Young people need to reach for the stars. Youth mentors like Harrison Phillips who demonstrate honesty, upstanding character traits, and commitment to their family and team of supporters are the living examples of the core of The Playmakers principles. Harrison was interviewed before the recent My Cause My Cleats game explaining why he has chosen The Playmakers as his cause.

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.

You can read more about Harrison’s History with Playmakers here.

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.

You can visit Harrison’s website and follow him here.

Coach Roz and Harrison Phillips visiting one of Playmakers Sponsors Chicago Fire
While still at Stanford, Harrison dropped in for visits with the kids.
Coaching young Playmakers for some Flag Football Fun!
Running Drills on the playground
After receiving the Allstate Community Award, Harrison hands out hats and gloves to Playmaker students.
Kids are full of curiosity – and Harrison was happy to answer all their questions.
Harrison – you made a BIG difference in young lives today.
Once a Playmaker, Always a Playmaker

 

 

 

Building self esteem for at-risk youth gives them tools for adulthood.

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.

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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.

Watch these videos to hear what kids have to say about attending The Playmakers program.

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.

developing self esteem in youthCoach Roz and his team use a character development curriculum to coach 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. Coach Roz’s latest book: Coaching Character and Leadership. Playbook for Parents is now available on Amazon.

Summer Camp and Youth Football Clinic 2018

Coming June 30, 2018: The El Camino Sports Academy 2018 Youth Football Clinic

Saturday June 30th
@ El Camino High School
8:30am-12:30pm

Get all the details here!

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.

Where:

Journey Church
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact Coach to reserve your spot today!

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Help us meet our goal to serve more youth this summer

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.

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The Playmakers Creed

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I AM A PLAYMAKER

FAMILY

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.

ACADEMICS

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.”

SERVING OTHERS

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.

Download your copy of The Playmakers Creed here