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. 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.


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

Coaching Character, Winning with Honor, and Paying It Forward are our core principles to empower & strengthen youths and their family relationships. Learn more here or contact Coach Roz below.

Contact Coach Roz

Stanford Star and Playmaker Harrison Phillips is coming to visit!

This Friday, October 20th, Playmaker Harrison Phillips is visiting our Skycrest Elementary Program.

Harrison Phillips, (Playmaker and Stanford All American) will be working with our young Playmakers from 3:30-5:00pm, AND there will be a video crew from New York there to capture what he is doing with our organization.

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

Skycrest Elementary Location, 5641 Mariposa Ave, Citrus Heights, CA 95610

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

If you know someone who has a passion for helping lost kids, have them contact us about career and internship opportunities.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of The Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you have a question for Coach Roz, he can be reached at

Playmakers Summer Academy Wrap Up!

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


If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

If you know someone who has a passion for helping lost kids, have them contact us about career and internship opportunities.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of The Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you have a question for Coach Roz, he can be reached at

Playmakers Coach Anthony in the news!

Coaching Kids for Success in the Sacramento Region

Jun 27, 2017 04:43PM, Published by Style, Categories: Today, Community

Anthony is a great guy who has given our organization much of himself. I am so proud of him. He is going to do even more great things for kids in his new position.

Playmakers in the news, Published by Style Magazine – Folsom, El Dorado Hills

#winningwithhonor #playmakersacademy #coachingcharacter

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

If you know someone who has a passion for helping lost kids, have them contact us about career and internship opportunities.

Young Playmakers compete and learn about winning with honor.

Rancho Cordova, May 2017

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.

You hear what parents are saying about our program here.


Leaving to Pay-It-Forward – Always a Playmaker

Anthony Viveiros is just an Uncommon Man.

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.

Anthony Viveiros

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.

You can see Anthony here introducing our coaching staff at the Annual Playmakers Tri Tip Dinner.

Alec Romero

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.

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

If you know someone who has a passion for helping lost kids, have them contact us about career and internship opportunities.


Why Civic Groups are important to Playmakers

One of our missions is to teach the pay it forward philosophy of volunteering to the next generation. We want to instill a pride in serving community, and being a contributing team member.

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We would like to express our heart-felt thank you to each service club that has shown support for The Playmakers through the years.

The Optimists and Rotarians that support our mission are allowing us to help give disadvantaged youth the power to change their world. Through leadership and character-building exercises, we are seeing a difference in kids who have had a history of behavior issues and a lack of focus. The students are responding with heartwarming acts of kindness that are making a difference in the mindset of the campus.

We invite you to visit our program so you can see in person how the coaches at our Playmakers Academy are building positivity into the Lil’ Pups they supervise.

The Sacramento region has more non-profits thank any other city on the west coast. We appreciate you may have many causes close to your heart. For Big Day of Giving 2017, would you be able to commit to our minimum $15 level?  Our goal is that every single dollar will be matched by one or more of the Optimist and Rotary supporters.

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This year you can pre-schedule your donation on our Big Day of Giving website page

Playmakers Olympics 2017

Our First Playmakers Olympics

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm

Location: River City Church in Rancho Cordova  Map it

This will be our first annual Playmaker Olympics! This will be a FREE event to all Playmaker students as well as families. We invite you to watch as our young Playmakers show us teamwork and how to win with honor.

  • Watch Playmakers compete in individual events for their specific campus.
  • Enjoy some hot dogs and drinks!

We will have roughly 25 participants from each school:

  • Cordova Villa
  • Cordova Meadows
  • White Rock Elementary
  • Blanche Sprentz
  • Prairie Elementary
  • Northridge Elementary
  • Skycrest Elementary

Olympics Events:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Relays
  • Tug a war
  • Football Routes
  • Trivia

Event Day Schedule

11:00am -12:00pm Playmakers arrive

Have the kids have some free time to loosen up and get ready. This will help socialize with other Playmakers. Coaches will get to walk around and greet other schools. This will help make the kids more comfortable not only with their coach, but also other coaches. Reinforce our FAMILY values.

12:15pm: Playmakers Stretch

Stretch lines. Every coach is responsible to have his or her own school ready to compete. Make sure your kids know this is a competition, but we must display good Character and Sportsmanship at all times. Coaches remember we will be asking students to shout out our Character Curriculum.

12:30pm: Coaches introduction

We will group up all the Playmakers and have a guest speaker talk to the student (ex: Pastor, Coach Roz & etc).

Coach Anthony goes over all the rules and the standards we will be holding

12:45pm: Event #1 — Soccer Tournament

There will be 3 games going on at once with small goals. Each team will consist of 5 players, three boys and two girls. There can be more girls than that, but teams cannot have more than 3 boys. The game will consist of two 10-minute halves with running clocks. There will also be a five-minute break in between the halves.

Soccer Rules and Scoring

Only the 3 winners of the games will earn points for their team. The team that had the most goals scored will earn 3 points for their team. The second team with the most points will earn 2 points for their team. The 3rd team that won will earn 1 point for their school. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point. Ties will be decided by penalty kicks.

1:15pm: Event #2 — Tug a War

Same rules as soccer, this is for boys and girls. 3 boys and 2 girls at least. We will have one rope and take turns going, this will be a short event. First place will earn 3 points for their school. Second place will earn 2 points for their school, and Third place will earn 1 point for their team. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point.

1:45pm: Event #3 — Football Routes

3 Playmakers from each campus will participate in this event (2 Boys max).  The routes ran would be the corner, post, slant, and seam. We can have 4 coaches throwing at the kids in each different pass. If the kid catches the ball, they get one point for this event. Every kid gets 3 tries at each route. The school with the most catches combined will get 3 points for their school, second place gets 2 points, and third place gets 1 point.

2:00pm: Event #4 — Free throw competition

One boy and one girl will represent each school. Each kid will get 30 seconds to try to make as many free throws as possible. Both scores will be added to come with a school grand total. Once again, the team with the most points will get 3 points for their team, second place 2 points, and third place will get 1 point. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point.


Eggs toss game.

-First place 3 points for their team

-Second place 2 points for their team

-Third place 1 point for their team

2:30pm: Event #5 — Character Trivia

Jeopardy game. Have 1 boy and 1 girl represent each school. Two separate games, one for boys and the other for girls. This will give us a chance to incorporate the kids who do not like playing sports as much as others.

1st place boy- 3 points for their school

2nd place boy- 2 points for their school

3rd place boy- 1 point for their school

1st place girl- 3 points for their school

2nd place girl- 2 points for their school

3rd place girl- 1 point for their school

The school to sit this event out will get 2 points, one for the girls trivia and the other for the boys trivia.

Note: A school may earn up to 6 points if both, their boy and girl win this event. This should be our biggest event because this is what the program is all about. All coaches must be engaged and energetic.

3:15pm: Event 6 — Three Legged Races

For this event each school has two in the event both coed. Scoring will be the same as trivia. We will have two different races, one for boys and the other for girls.

3:30pm: Event 7 — Relay Races

1st Leg must sprint 100 yards

2nd Leg must do 15 jumping jacks before running 50 yards

3rd Leg must spin 10 times before running

4th Leg must do 10 push ups before running

5th Leg 10 squats before running

6th Leg sprint 100 yards

Coaches must use three girls and three boys for this event. We need to use our integrity to make sure all our kids do jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and spins correctly

3:45, Presentation of the trophy and close up.

Third place will get a cookie party and movie

Second place ice cream party and movie

First place Pizza Party and Movie

4:00- 4:30 BBQ and head home


Thank you to the coaches who are the heart of our academic program

Our academy coaches are paying it forward.

On Saturday, April 29, we celebrated the hard work of our trained coaches. For our sponsors who have not had a chance to visit our program, it was an opportunity to meet these hard-working college students.

They show up and lead by example. They teach our Playmakers in training what it means to love, live a life of purpose, and to have the self confidence to achieve their goals. These adults of upstanding character are paying it forward, and they are the heart of The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy.

What differentiates the Playmakers after school program is the integration of reading and character modules into our sports and recreation program. Our vision is to be the standard in after-school programs. Our instructors (“coaches”) are high-school and university student athletes who are recommended by their coaches and peers. As coaches they create motivation through inspiration and incentives for participants (VIP attendance at a college game, for example).

“Good human-relations skills have the ability to change people from managing others to leading others.” John Rampey

The Playmakers is a youth mentoring non-profit organization which uses sports to motivate at-risk youth to improve reading skills, grades, behavior and becoming more accountable individuals overall (character growth). Playmakers educates youth and supporting family members in core values of Academics, Serving Others, and Competing with Honor.

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.