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

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.



Journey Church
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact Coach to reserve your spot today!

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Thank You Playmaker Volunteers

Playmaker volunteers Joe Bodnar, Chip Schumacher, Patrick Gallagher, A.J. Dodd and Wally Borland —  You guys are just the best.

We had 25 kids at the Sac State Game on Saturday, Ocotber 24 and the kids had a blast. They got a limo-van ride to the game with their chaperones A.J, Joe, and Chip. Wally had a tailgate feast ready for them, and Patrick got the kids on the field to see the players close-up. What a memory for the kids. Our fraternity instructors did a tremendous job too.

I stopped by the limo service to make sure everything went well and they said they were just getting ready to call me because both drivers were so impressed on the great behavior of the kids. That is what being a Playmaker is all about. Thank you guys for making it a great event for the kids.

If you would like to experience the kids’ contagious excitement, contact us for an upcoming volunteer opportunity. We are taking kids to the trampoline place as a reward for reading.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to learn more, you can call him directly at 916-220-1284. To contact Coach Roz by e-mail:

Playmakers Summer Football Camp 2015 Recap

sponsorHorzStripeThank you to the generous sponsors of our 2015 Summer Football Camp.

Porter Communications: Designed and provided promotional materials.

Douglas Taylor Photography: Provided photos to document event and post on website. You can see our gallery of The Playmakers Summer Football Camp 2015 here.

VSP: In their mobile eye care center at our event, every player was given a free eye exam and glasses if they were needed — at no cost to them or their family.

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Jordan Richards IS a Playmaker

Jordan Richards is making a difference in the lives of local students.

“Jordan’s Playmaker Pups” are a group of kids at 4 elementary schools who he is encouraging and rewarding for reading, academic and character development.
Jordan has enlisted Harrison Phillips (Stanford defensive end) to carry on the Stanford/Playmaker connection, as Jordan moves forward with his football career.

We invite you to join Jordan and Playmakers in our commitment to creating Uncommon Men. Learn more about our mentoring and sponsorship programs.

Stanford highlighted:

Jordan’s Accomplishments so far, along with being Team Captain:

• National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award
• Stanford’s 12th winner, first since 2011
• Pop Warner National College Football Award
• Phil Steele All-America fourth team
• All-America honorable mention
• Capital One Academic All-District
• Pac-12 All-Academic first team
• All-Pac-12 first team
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team
• Campbell Trophy finalist
• Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist
• Bednarik Award watch list
• Nagurski Award watch list
• Senior CLASS Award candidate
• midseason All-America
• preseason All-America

Summer Reading and Mentoring

Our summer program this year began with 10 kids who are 4th and 5th graders. Their “primary” interest and our “leverage” is that they want to be high school football players.  They want to be “Lancers,” and that is a badge of honor in our community. The second part of this story is that there will be 10 to 15 high school Lancers that I coach, who will also be participating in the program.  Goals for our 8-week program include:

  • High school kids will be reading to and with elementary school kids. This may be the only reading that they do all summer. (Less than 40% of kids read at grade level when tested in the 3rd grade.)
  • We are modeling to young kids that reading is essential and cool. (Over 70% of kids will never be at grade level if they fall behind in 3rd grade.)
  • Creating accountability and a pay-it-forward plan that is a core value of Playmakers.

I see a community of kids, led by coaches, looking after one another and becoming uncommon young men of character.  To achieve that, the heavy lifting begins in a hot classroom in June with kids who just want to belong to something special.  That is Lancer Football, which is “leverage” used for a higher purpose than the game itself.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to invite Coach Roz to speak to your group, he can be reached at

If you would like to volunteer during one of our Summer Reading programs, please contact Coach Roz at

Recognizing Real Heroes

I get the opportunity through my organization to work with some great kids, coaches, and other organizations. Mentoring fatherless kids in core values brings a satisfaction that is hard to describe. We are working with kids who have improved their grades, mentored other kids when they got old enough, and are serving in our community. As time goes by, it will be fun to watch how they become “uncommon men,” and maybe even a Husker.

Our annual Dinner/Auction in Omaha on March 24 is honoring my friend Calvin Jones. Calvin still holds records as a Husker, and went on to win a Super Bowl with the Packers, accomplishments that my kids look at with great admiration. Calvin certainly has been to the sports mountain top.

We are honoring Calvin not for those reasons but for reasons that most likely will not make headlines or ESPN. Those days are most likely behind him, like so many defenders he had in his football rear view mirror. We are honoring Calvin for the man that he has become.

Today, Calvin works for others. He gives his time in assisting fatherless and at-risk kids with his advice, love and experience. Calvin has come to California to rally Huskers to our cause of changing the trajectory of our fatherless society. He does it not for a fee or recognition, but because it is the right thing to do.

Tommie Frazier will be at the Dinner, too. Tommy will join us in honoring Calvin, because men of great character rally up when the cause is right. Mentoring fatherless kids in Omaha and honoring Calvin is a right cause. Paul Limongi, one of the best high school football coaches in the land, will be there, too. Coach Limongi knows character because he models it. He can get me fired up just listening to him read the phone book.

Today, 2 out of 5 kids live in a home without their biological father. In the neighborhoods we work in, it is over 50%. These kids have no role models or mentors. That is changing because of the efforts of real heroes like Calvin, Limongi and others. These men facilitate a mentoring program through an uncommon organization called Playmakers. Playmakers has partnered with some tremendous partners, including PlaySmart, SAC Federal Credit Union, Scheels, and other good people from Husker Nation, in providing hope to these kids.

Our March 24 Dinner kicks off Playmakers’ 2012 campaign in Omaha, where we will serve over 300 kids this year. That is just a start in the daunting task we have signed up for. Honoring Calvin is just a small way to say “Thank you” for what he has done in rallying some great people to our cause. You are welcome to come and join us for a fun night with some great people.

…Coach Roz

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to invite Coach Roz to speak to your group, he can be reached at

This article originally published 1/9/12.

There Is Hope ~ Do You Care?

Character: Doing the right thing when no one is looking
Although this post was written in 2011, we thought it worth re-posting.

Having just finished watching countless bowl games and beginning to process the 2011 football season, I feel as frustrated as ever as I look at the character breakdowns in our student athletes across the country. Just Google “college football arrests” and get ready to stick your finger down your throat. Not to single out one institution, but one young man, when stopped by law enforcement, commented, “I don’t give a *#%#*, I play for (school)…and I’ll get out of it anyway.” Who is mentoring this kid who has accepted a full scholarship and represents that institution? I can just imagine what his GPA is.

I coach in Sacramento where one of our high school coaches was just arrested for his alleged relationship with a minor girl from his campus. Pile on top of all that, my gut tells me we are just on the tip of the iceberg in lies and cover-ups re: the Penn State fiasco.

Huskers, you did not go the season without character breakdowns either. The young men we watch and who paint their faces red or some other color owe us more. The coaches who coach them owe us a product we can be proud of. So you think I am being too judgmental? Don’t let yourselves off the hook. We play, coach, and watch the greatest game that God put on the face of the earth. The Super Bowl is nothing short of Christmas. The National Championship Game is now prime time. So I’d like to offer some light, some positives, in what we have become numb to.

The University of Hawaii’s quarterback is David Graves. Now I will admit that I know this young man and his family personally, but I will write about any kid who has the character that this kid demonstrates. I saw David last week at church with his family, as he was home on a short break. I happened to have a 7-year-old with me who we brought along that day. David Graves made this kid feel special just by talking to him and being interested in him. David asked the “What position do you play” questions and more importantly, he created “a moment” for this little guy.

This kid didn’t stand in line at the mall to meet Graves. He didn’t have to pay to go to his camp. He met Graves in church where Graves is very much at home. David will now ask me how the little guy is doing, and he’ll look for him this summer. My guess is the little dude will be wearing a Rainbow Warrior Football tee shirt as soon as I get Graves the kid’s size. David has created a memory, and he will be remembered by the experience that Graves took the time to make.

My guess is, David understands why he can’t get behind the wheel if he shouldn’t. He knows how to make the right decisions. I want to be around guys like David Graves. They bring me great pride, and I am a fan who has watched him growing into the man God intended. He may or may not be in the NFL (I wouldn’t bet against him), but who cares? David will be a success because he has character formed by a Mom and Dad who coached him well.

Here is even more to look forward to: David’s younger brother, Dano, just finished his freshman season as the quarterback at the Air Force Academy. That’s right, two brothers playing college football, both quarterbacks giving to others.

My hope is that you will not become numb to what we cheer for. We can demand more and set the bar higher. You can be a fan who comes and goes with little significance, or you can stand up, be heard and demand character from your chair. Do it by writing. Become a voice and make a difference. Maybe you will meet some student/athletes you can be proud of. Maybe you will meet David and Dano Graves. Refuse to cheer guys who tell law enforcement officers, “I am going to get out of it anyway.”

…Coach Roz

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to invite Coach Roz to speak to your group, he can be reached at


Published on 01-22-2012