Celebrating Playmaker Stars

Our Annual Tri Tip Dinner is this Saturday night!

We are celebrating the Sponsors who are support our after-school programs, and the Playmaker Stars who make our program shine. Tickets are available at the door, click here for dinner details.

Playmaker Craig Penrose
Playmaker Craig Penrose

Celebrity Guest Craig Penrose

Craig R. Penrose is a former professional American football quarterback. He spent five seasons in the National Football League with the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets and 2 seasons with the United States Football League’s Denver Gold.

 

 

Playmaker Jody Sears
Playmaker Jody Sears.

Celebrity Jody Sears

Jody Sears became the 10th head football coach in Sacramento State history when he was named the head football coach on April 25, 2014. The elevation came just months after Sears was hired as the Hornets’ defensive coordinator in the spring of 2014.

 

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Playmaker Harrison Phillips

Stanford Football Celebrity Harrison Phillips

Harrison splits his time off the field between Sacramento and Omaha, NE mentoring the youth in our after-school programs.

 

 

Molina Health Care Champions for Change on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Molina Health Care Champions for Change Award NIght. Coach Roz & Guillermo Barba (right).

Playmaker Guillermo Barba

A volunteer at our Cordova Meadows after-school program, has won the Volunteer of the Year Award from Molina Health Care! We nominated him because he is the hardest working young man we know. Still in high school, he volunteers with us, and works with his folks at night. Guillermo will received his community service award at a special Molina Dinner on April 19. He is a valuable asset to our program, and a young man of great character, Congratulations Guillermo!

April 30 – Dinner with Playmakers

Tri Tip Dinner 2016, The PlaymakersAt the end of April, The Playmakers Organization will be hosting a Tri Tip Dinner at Divine Savior Church in Orangevale.

The festivities kick-off at 6:00pm. There will be stations where you can learn more about what our students are doing after-school four days a week, and you can meet the coaches who mentor them.

Also in attendance will be our sponsors, supporters and friends who together have helped us grow our After-School Literacy Program to 4 schools in the Sacramento area and a new location in Omaha, NE.

We have confirmed two featured speakers: Harrison Phillips and Jody Sears. Harrison Phillips is mentoring students in California when he is attending Stanford, and in Omaha on his school breaks. Jody Sears is the Sac State Hornets Head Coach, and he is supporting his team players who have chosen to work as a coach with our Lil’ Pups.

You can still purchase tickets to our Tri Tip Dinner here.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their contributions — We are just getting started!!!

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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

Fifty Days of Summer Learning

50 days of summer learning increases grade-level skills — for Girls & Boys!

Summer of 2015: Students in the Playmakers Summer Reading Program challenged themselves, and our mentors were by their side every step of the way.

Summer Reading Volunteers 2015Our dedicated staff of volunteers, a group of Sacramento State Student Athletes spent time working directly with the children for 50 days in June & July. With our reading program software tracking, we found that these students improved from 3/10 to a full academic year in their reading skills. All of these students were behind in grade-level reading, and face a variety of learning challenges. We also found that girls comprised almost 50% of our summer learning program!

If would like to learn more about our Reading Program, you can call Coach Roz directly at 916-220-1284, or email 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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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 www.ThePlaymakers.org.

If you would like to volunteer during one of our Summer Reading programs, please contact Coach Roz at coachroz@theplaymakers.org

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 www.ThePlaymakers.org.

This article originally published 1/9/12.