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 New England Patriot’s 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.

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

 

 

 

Sacramento State Football — Fall 2016

The rain let up and the sky cleared for the Saturday night football game at Sacramento State on October 29, 2016.

Young Playmakers from 3 area schools and their families were treated to a FREE football game with VIP treatment. They were able to greet the players as they entered the field, and greet them after the game. thank you to all the volunteers who made this evening possible and helped with the half-time barbeque.

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Our after-school academic programs are now affecting students on 5 campuses in the Sacramento Region.

Download our brochure to learn more about the Leadership and Character Development Academy lessons that are accelerating grade level reading skills and reducing the achievement gap for students at risk of falling behind.

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

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
• SI.com 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
• ESPN.com midseason All-America
• ESPN.com preseason All-America

Annual Football Camp 2014 Re-cap

What a tremendous 9th Annual Playmakers Sacramento Football Camp. Over 300 kids and 30 coaches enjoying football and character based messages.

Highlights include:

  • 25 kids committing to summer reading and being Playmakers “year round”
  • Two new teams (Mesa Verde and Highlands) coming on board
  • One team committing to a 2.5 team GPA

This week Playmakers will be in the Bay Area for a camp of over 500 kids and then off to Omaha for our youth camp.

Our summer reading/mentoring program is in full swing in Rancho Cordova with measurable results that will create better students. We will keep you posted as the results come in.

Thank you very much to our primary sponsors: Asher College of Sacramento, and Playwell. Your generosity allowed 300 kids to learn about character and have some fun playing football.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to learn more about Coach’s “Winning With Honor” Philosophy, give him at call at 916-220-1284.

If you would like to invite Coach Roz to speak to your group, he can be reached at www.ThePlaymakers.org.