Harrison’s Playmakers: First Stop Buffalo, NY

May 4, 2019:

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:

Bornhava, and early childhood center for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Special Olympics

City of Buffalo Youth Recreation Centers

Thank you to the Buffalo Bills team members and the volunteers who paid-it-forward on their day off and made this an extra-special day for the kids.

Playmakers made the news in Buffalo!

Questions? Would you like to get involved? Contact us below!

Contact Coach Roz

 

Summer Character Academy is Funded!

A round of applause to ALL our dinner attendees and supporters who helped us break our fundraising record! We are ready to start enrolling for Summer Character Academy!

We are grateful to be able to continue our mission to:

— Teach Teamwork

— Foster self-worth

— Provide opportunities

Keynote Speaker Phil Oates spent some time learning more about Jeremy and Clarissa and why they liked being part the The Playmakers Team. They were also surprised with their choice of tickets for a Major League Basketball or Baseball game! Those kids were grinning ear to ear and we are very proud of how they represent the spirit of The Playmakers.

Learn more about our Summer Character Academy or contact us below.

We are a character-building academy looking for 8-12 year-olds in the community who don’t normally have access to summer recreation. Sacramento Summer Academy Fun and Learning starts in June, signup today!

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You will also need to download and complete our Medical and Media waiver forms. Please being completed forms with you on the first day.

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

 

 

 

Building self esteem for at-risk youth gives them tools for adulthood.

Jeremy came to us summer before last with a heavy heart and zero self-confidence. After his first Summer Camp with The Playmakers, Jeremy has found friends and supporters – a new family of sorts.

Most importantly, Jeremy is building his self esteem.

Through one-on-one coaching, Jeremy has responded positively and now has a future to look forward to. He is building life-long connections with The Playmakers family, and he will always have a place in our hearts.

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The majority of our Lil’ Pups (young Playmakers) come to us from difficult circumstances. The Playmakers goal is to help these student learn what it is like to belong to a team – friends he has made and coaches that model positive character traits. Jeremy has embraced The Playmakers Creed and learned what it means to be a person of character who thinks of others before themselves. These skills have helped him overcome challenging life changes that were thrown his way.

Watch these videos to hear what kids have to say about attending The Playmakers program.

Our goal is to help every child in this way — we all have challenges, some deeply hidden. It is crucial to reach these kids while they are young – so they are more prepared for life challenges and know what it means to do the right thing when no one is watching.

developing self esteem in youthCoach Roz and his team use a character development curriculum to coach and empowering disadvantaged kids to make their path in life and not just follow others. Football is not a major component of our program as it used to be, but the values and character that embody Coach Roz’s principles from his football days is the core of our program. Coach Roz’s latest book: Coaching Character and Leadership. Playbook for Parents is now available on Amazon.

What it means to sponsor a Playmaker

Kristen Garl is adopting some Lil’ Pups

sponsor a playmaker lil pupRunning her campaign for Carmichael Honorary Mayor means fundraising. The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce is the primary organization to receive the funds raised, and Kristen chose The Playmakers as the Non-Profit who will share in a portion of the money raised.

Thank you Kristen, for paying it forward and sponsoring our Lil’ Pups. You are a true Playmaker, a person of outstanding character doing the right thing for your community. We wish you the best of luck in your campaign!

These funds will help us make a difference in a few kid’s lives. A big difference.

When you donate to Playmakers programs, you help change the lives of kids who may be lost and overlooked at home. The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy has three core components to empower young persons with tools to overcome life’s challenges and change their perspective on their future.

A little more about Kristen and her Carmichael Honorary Mayor campaign

Express hope. Create dreams.
My name is Kristen Garl. I am humbled and honored to be running for Honorary Mayor of Carmichael. My goal is to express hope and create dreams among the youth, residents, businesses, and visitors of Carmichael by supporting decisions that positively impact the community.

Why Carmichael? Although I am not a resident, I am a businesswoman supporting Carmichael. As General Manager of Express Employment Professionals – Northeast Sacramento office, our territory encompasses Carmichael. Each day, I interact with job seekers, businesses, schools and services that impact Carmichael’s economy. Specifically, I enjoy volunteering as Principal of the Day and teaching employment readiness topics within San Juan Unified School District. My office was recognized as a Most Valued Partner by San Juan Unified School District in June 2018.    Beyond our standard process, I am strategically working on a proposal to connect local employers with SJUSD  Career Technical Education (CTE) graduates to overcome a portion of the trade skills gap in the NE Sacramento  area.

Follow ​Kristen Garl’s campaign for Carmichael Honorary Mayor 2019!

Express hope and create dreams.

@KG4CHM2019 #coachingcharacter #teamplaymakers

Attend one of the fundraising events being held, and you can make a donation. A donation of $1 equals 1 vote, so please support her campaign and The Playmakers.

At 4 elementary school campuses, our after school program provides trained mentors for 3-5th grade students. Our college-aged mentors teach The Playmakers curriculum for 90 minutes each day. Academics, Character and Leadership Coaching, and fun recreational activities where the students practice teamwork and what it means to win with honor in the classroom and on the playground.

Contact us if you have questions or would like to help. We appreciate volunteers!

Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor

Express Hope. Create Dreams.

Kristen’s has chosen to help The Playmakers as she has seen first-hand how our program is impacting the lives of children, teaching them core values that will help them make positive choices and think of others before themselves. We are very grateful for her pay-it-forward commitment and being a positive role model in our community. You can read more about Kristen’s goals and values on the Carmichael Chamber website.

One dollar = One Vote

You can help Kristen’s Campaign by attending any of our upcoming events in the next two months. The candidate with the most votes by November election wins!!! Every $1 raised = 1 vote for Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor 2019.

Friends of The Playmakers are invited to join us with Kristen for fun and networking:

Wed, Sept 19, 5:30pm, Mayoral Mingle

A Carmichael Chamber event at Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Road.

Sat,, Oct 6, 10am – 2pm

Car Show at Milagro Centre parking lot, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, 95608. See the cars and meet the racing teams. $1/autograph. Raffle

Fri, Nov 2, 7pm – 9pm

Sock Hop at The Patriot Event Center inside Milagro Centre, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, 95608. 50’s Style Family Event, Raffles.

playmakers sponsor Kristen Garl Coach Roz with Kristen Garl

“I have chosen to support The Playmakers because I believe in their mission supporting disadvantaged kids through Coaching Character, Winning with Honor, and Pay It Forward core principles. I believe investing in this program supports local youth by providing a structure for them to grow into a person of character who contributes to their community.”

Patriot Event Center at Milagro – First kickoff of the year!

6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA 95608

Falcons vs Eagles, Thursday, September 6 at 5:20pm!

We invite you to join with with Kristen’s campaign supporters to cheer on the 1st regular season NFL game. This fundraiser to benefit the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce & The Playmakers. Doors open at 4:30pm.

• Represent your NFL team

• Big screens

• Ticket includes 1 drink

• Bid on raffle prizes

• Meet local NFL affiliated community members

• Cash bar and cash menu provided by Broderick Roadhouse

#KG4CHM2019 #payitforward #teamplaymakers

No refunds. Donations made to Carmichael Chamber of Commerce Tax ID 94-1227126 on behalf of Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor Campaign.

Kristen is the General Manager of Express Employment Professionals. She is community-minded, and believes in The Playmakers Creed: Coaching Character, Winning with Honor and Pay It Forward principles. Thank you Kristen, we look forward to a successful campaign.

Playmakers Summer Academy Barbecue Picnic

Join Playmakers for a BBQ picnic at Journey Church

The Playmakers will be cooking’ and our young Playmakers have put together a talent show. You are invited to come and learn more about our Summer Academy and help us give thanks to Journey Church for the space to host our summer program.

WHERE:
Journey
Presbyterian Church (click for directions)
FUN STUFF: Playmaker Talent Show
MENU:
Tri Tip, (all you can hold) Beans, Potato Salad, Dessert
TICKETS: $14.00 each
RSVP: Coach Roz at 916 220-1284

Tickets



Summer Camp and Youth Football Clinic 2018

Coming June 30, 2018: The El Camino Sports Academy 2018 Youth Football Clinic

Saturday June 30th
@ El Camino High School
8:30am-12:30pm

Get all the details here!

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.

Where:

Journey Church
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact Coach to reserve your spot today!

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Character-Based Summer Camp Visitors

The kids had a blast when the Folsom Police Department visited The Playmakers Summer Camp.

Thank you to Sergeant Lou Wright and Officer Jeff Hedgepeth for visiting our Summer Academy on June 29th. Our kids were treated to an informational and FUN event where they learned about safety, and were able to meet (and pet) a K9 officer. The officers were impressed with the insightful questions asked by our young Playmakers. We are so pleased to be strengthening our relationship with law enforcement and giving kids an “inside view” of how the Sheriff’s server our community.

This visit was made possible by Board Member Bill Hutto and his coordination with the Folsom Police Department.

The kids had lots of questions for the officers and got and up-close introduction to their K9 officer. Click to see the video!!! 

Young people need peer support, not peer conflict.

The Playmakers has a mission to empower today’s youth to be the change in themselves, their families and their communities. Through mentoring and coaching character development, our young Playmakers learn what it means to be part of a team and have a pay-it-forward attitude in life. We mentor youth who are struggling with issues on the playground or academics. Our coaching 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 can occur.

Driven by his passion for helping lost kids, The Playmakers Executive Director Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler grew a one-campus after-school program to multiple elementary school campuses within 4 school districts in the Sacramento region. If you would like to learn more how you can help pay-it-forward, we invite you to visit one of our programs.

As a bonus, if you enroll your child in 2 or more weeks at our Summer Academy, you will receive a complimentary copy of Coach Roz’s newest book: Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents. You can see more on Amazon here.

 

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