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

 

 

 

A Playbook for Parents – Coaching Character and Leadership

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

In his own unique way, Coach Roz shares 22 Practical Quotes which he uses to teach today’s youth what it means to be a person of character. Coach Roz tells how his Playmakers program offers a clear base of support for parents who have the difficult task of raising their kids alone. Laced with humor, and undergirded by his passion for helping lost kids, every page is a gem that is bound to touch a reader’s heart.

Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents, with Donna Miesbach and Foreword by David Humm.

Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents is also On Sale Now on Amazon.

4 ways you can support The Playmakers Organization

Big Day of Giving

On May 4, 2017, The Playmakers will join non-profits all over the region in Big Day of Giving 2017. Please consider a modest donation to help us match a 21,000 pledge from local Optimist and Rotary groups.

On-going funding is vital to keep our programs running. From our trained coaches and Let’s Go Learn software licensing, to t-shirts and field trips for each young Playmaker. We are providing tools and support to make a difference in the lives of lost kids, and giving them the power to change their lives.
Since the beginning of Playmakers, our core mission has not changed. Coach Roz believes that  in every generation, we desperately need youth of character who are built to serve others. Every youth we can affect will certainly be a Playmaker for life.

Direct Donation

We are incredibly grateful to the Civic Groups and other donors who support our programs. With the help of individual volunteers, community partners and businesses that support us monetarily, we are helping students accelerate their reading skills and rewarding them for demonstrating exceptional character and leadership. You can show your support by donating directly through pay pal with the button below.




Volunteering/Mentoring/Hosting a Field Trip

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Throughout the year, we partner with folks that want to make a difference in young lives. From trampoline days to football games and community events, this is an opportunity to give our students something they have never experienced.

Contact Us if you are interested in taking a little time to spend with our Lil’ Pups (Playmakers in training).

Some of our past sponsored activities included:

— A VSP field trip led by the CEO, and answering enthusiastic questions from the kids

— Sacramento State Football Game – FREE to attend for the youth and their families

— Friday Pizza Day, bringing pizza for a special treat builds instant rapport with the kids

If you would like to learn more about our Academic and Leadership Academy, visit our program page.

 

 

The Coach Roz book that started it all…

Coach Roz wrote Coaching for a Bigger Win a number of years ago – it was the beginning of the character development program being implemented in our after-school literacy programs.

Coach Roz bigger winThis book is not about coaching. It’s about building character. That’s the bigger win.

Success in life starts on the playing field—where kids learn lessons that last a lifetime. The Playmakers summer sports camps change the lives of inner-city kids. Learn Coach Roz’s methods so you, too, can coach for that bigger win—at home and in school, as well as on the field. Whether you are a coach, a teacher, or a parent—build your team while building kids’ character. Coach Roz gives you 22 easy-to-follow rules….read more on Amazon here.

Greg Roeszler’s athletic career includes being a quarterback/punter at the University of Minnesota and San Diego State, as well as a camp quarterback with the Oakland Raiders in 1980. His passion for lost and forgotten kids led him to leave a successful career as a sales and management trainer so he could devote his life to working with at-risk kids. As Greg puts it, “I am a High School Football Coach, a Husband and Dad struggling to be the man I have been called to be.” Out of that calling, Playmakers Mentoring Foundation was born. Supported early on by a network of coaches and friends who shared his vision, Playmakers now reaches throughout the State of California, and is beginning to emerge on the national and international scene as well. You can learn more about this amazing outreach on their web site, www.ThePlaymakers.org. Greg, his wife, Linda, and their two daughters live in Sacramento, California.

If you would like to email Coach Roz directly, contact him here.

Playmakers New After School Program Locations

Three new after school program locations have begun this month!

Due to our generous sponsors, Playmakers has been able to expand our after school academics program. Students enrolled in The Playmakers program are accelerating their reading grade levels, and learning core values of character and leadership. If you would like to see our program in-person, we welcome you to visit one of our sites. Our coaches are happy to answer your questions and introduce our students.

after school readingYou can contact Coach Roz by email here.

Derek Leathers, an Uncommon Man

playmaker Derek LeathersDerek Leathers is a Playmaker on several fields. He is a special guy on so many levels.

  • First and foremost, he is a great father and husband. He is a success story in itself in he has educated himself with a degree from Princeton with a football scholarship.
  • He gives back in so many ways, including coaching youth football in Nebraska.
  • He founded a non-profit called PlaySmart reaching at risk kids in several cities across the country.
  • In his spare time, he is the CEO of Werner Enterprises, and travels a gillion miles per year.
  • Finally, he is a Playmaker supporter as he believes that character, reading and the development of our youth is a non-negotiable.

Derek is an “uncommon man” whom I am proud to call a friend and coach. His actions advise us on how to grow and impact more kids across the country.

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: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

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: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

Reading & Sports Program Update

Playmakers has kicked off its after school reading/sports program and the kids are doing tremendously well.
Coach Komar has had the students’ reading assessed, and individualized programs are now prepared for each student. Our goal is a jump in reading levels (beyond normal fall progressions) during the fall semester.
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAOur Sac State students are doing an outstanding job as instructors and our trained volunteers are making the classroom and sports activities a great experience.  We are using Sac State fraternity members who are serving in the community and mentoring kids s they want to make a positive contribution in the community.
Our programs now have a “waiting list” for kids wanting to participate in the next class and we will be adding schools in the winter semester is well. Stay tuned for updates!
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: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

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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Not what we had hoped for the future of character development in football

The first meeting to start building character development programs to reduce bullying that Playmakers hosted in mid-February was honestly not what we had hoped. We had invited 4 youth organizations that committed to participate and one showed up. I first want to commend The Vista Jr. Eagles who brought 4 representatives and indicated they learned a “usable tip” for developing character.

It amazes me that youth coaches and organizations will spend hours and dollars to send their coaches to clinics around the state to learn more football (seldom useable at the youth level), but when it comes to developing character and peer respect, they cannot get it on the schedule. I know this will annoy some. Youth football has a long, long way to go.

I want to thank Oak Hills for opening their facilities to us and for the great food Beach Hut Deli provided. The Playmakers will continue to focus our efforts to instill a culture of character development as the MOST important part in the game of football and life.

To contact Coach Roz at Playmakers, e-mail coachroz@theplaymakers.org.

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 www.ThePlaymakers.org