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:
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.
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630
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.
We have a limited number of tickets for sale to win a Pedego Electric Bike!
100% of the money raised from this raffle will benefit #thePlaymakers programs.
Thank you to Practical Cycle and the Pedego Bicycle Company for donating this electric bike that can be used to increase your exercise level on the bike trails or around town. It’s exercise disguised as FUN!
$10 Tickets will be available on a first come, first purchased basis — get your tickets now before they are gone!
You do not have to attend the dinner to win! Tickets are available to the general public, and we will announce the winner in May. If you would like to attend our dinner, you can purchase 2 dinner tickets and receive One Complimentary Raffle Ticket to win this Pedego Comfort Cruiser!
There is no purchase requirement for this raffle other than ticket purchase. Winner will receive choice of model as determined by Practical Cycle, you can see your choices here:
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
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
This article was published last month in Daily Word, A Faith-based website of resources and Daily Inspiration by Unity. Coach Roz speaks about his coaching experiences and his passion for helping lost kids.
When I started coaching high school football in one of Sacramento’s roughest areas, I didn’t know some of these kids had no place to live or that they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. Many had never known their father. They all wanted to play football, even though their school hadn’t won a game in three years. It was a big assignment, but I wanted them to have a male role model in their life who truly cared about them. The football team became “family” for them and they found a sense of belonging and safety.
Many of the boys were failing academically, so I started an early-morning tutoring program. Initially, we were just helping them catch up on their homework. It didn’t take long to find out that they were failing because they couldn’t read. We switched our focus to reading and getting them caught up in the foundational pieces necessary for them to pass their subjects.
We wanted to provide ongoing support and encouragement for kids who had been given such a tough start in life, so Playmakers Mentoring Foundation was born. Through Playmakers, we promote character and leadership to disadvantaged and at-risk kids using football as the conduit. For many of these kids, our program became a lifeline.
You have to be willing to meet the kids where they are. That means going to difficult neighborhoods and broken homes and being comfortable developing relationships with the kids and their families, just as Jesus would. We try to model Jesus by how we carry ourselves, how we live our lives, and how we interact with kids. That’s what being a Playmaker is all about.
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the founder and executive director of the Sacramento-based Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. For more information, visit theplaymakers.org.
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.
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.
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.