From the time Jordan stepped into the classroom or on the field he was destined for great things. The latest in his achievements is he is now a Super Bowl Champion. In only his second year with the New England Patriots Jordan will have Super bowl ring alongside his Rose Bowl ring and Stanford degree.
Richards has been a Playmaker since his freshman year of high school when he showed up to talk to youth football Playmakers about character and serving others in the community. Jordan has spoken to
Playmaker kids, purchased jerseys for “Jordan’s Playmakers” and seen to it that they have seen him play at Stanford and much more.
Jordan’s signature on Playmakers extends now to recruiting Harrison Phillips, Stanford’s 6’3” 290 pound defensive tackle who has taken Jordan’s baton locally. Phillips will soon join Jordan in the NFL. Recruiting character athletes for mentoring younger kids is part of Playmakers “pay-it-forward” philosophy led by Richards.
Richards, Phillips and Playmaker Executive Director, Greg Roeszler are now in planning it’s 8th afterschool academy that will be in Palo Alto creating a permanent legacy of Jordan and Harrison at Stanford. Jordan is leaving a lasting imprint on hundreds of at-risk kids through Playmakers.
Our pilot program at Cordova Elementary School in 2014 confirmed our belief that we are on track in involving younger kids in our program. We are now up to 3 campuses: Howe Ave Elementary (Sacramento), Cordova Meadows Elementary (Rancho Cordova), Blanch Spritz Elementary (Folsom). Program coordinators and volunteers are tracking their reading, attendance and behavioral improvement.
With hard work comes rewards
Last fall, as a reward to a group from last year’s after-school program, Jordan Richards, Stanford’s Academic All-American football player, hosted 50 Playmaker Pups and Volunteers to the Stanford vs. Army game. In addition to attending the game and meeting 275 pound defensive end Harrison Phillips, the kids were given a tour of the Stanford campus. Harrison will be taking the batan for Playmakers as Jordan prepares for the NFL. You can read more about Jordan Richards and see his video here.
We look forward to rewarding more kids for their accomplishments in building character and becoming uncommon men.
As I take time to reflect on everything Playmakers has accomplished in 2013. Because of our generous sponsors support, we were able to help over 50 kids improve their grades. They learned self respect, respect for others, and felt pride in themselves for the first time. Because of our success, we are expanding into more schools and will be reaching more kids in 2014.
It is my privilege to be part of such a worthwhile effort. I’m honored to work with these kids and families.
SAVE THE DATE: Our annual crabfeed/auction is MARCH 29, 2014 at St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova.