At our annual tri tip dinner on April 30, 2016, Playmakers honored key individuals that have supported our leadership principals of Academics, Serving Others, and Winning With Honor.
Thank you to all our supporters who attended that evening.
2016 Honored Supporters of Playmakers
Playmaker Jody Sears
Sacramento State Football Coach Jody Sears gave a heartwarming credit to his team of Sac State Student Coaches that have been “Leading From the Front” and showing our students what character really means. Thank you Coach Sears, your leadership support has had a huge influence on the success of our students.
Playmaker Dave Komar
This Breakfast Optimist Member researched and helped us choose the Let’s Go Learn reading software that is accelerating our student reading levels. He has been assisting us, driving from Roseville to Rancho Cordova on a weekly basis to train our classroom coaches to use the software effectively. Due to Dave’s dedication, we now have the capability to monitor the progress of individuals and the classroom groups. Thank you for always being there when we had questions or needed help – this has been a life-changer for our Lil’ Pups.
Playmaker Mike McAtee
Mike is a prominent Historic Folsom Rotary Member and former law enforcement officer who has been volunteering at our Blanche Sprentz location in Folsom. He has given a lot of his time to help the students who struggle with reading, and he embodies the character-building. With his help, every student in our program this year has increased their grade-level reading. We are very grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer assisting our Lil’ Pups.
Playmaker Guillermo Barba
This young man, at 14 years old, has stepped up to be the “dad” of the team of Lil’ Pups at Cordova Meadows Elementary: A mentor who makes sure his team is taken care of before his own needs. He was nominated and unanimously won Molina’s Champion Award for Volunteer of the Year — the youngest to ever receive this honor. Guillermo spoke about his first year in Playmakers, and how he advanced 3 reading-grade-levels in one school year. For all his hard work, Coach Roz and team decided to give back the check that was donated in Guillermo’s name, to help him start his college fund.
Playmaker Harrison Phillips
This Stanford Football star is working hard on his studies (with a double-major), and devotes a lot of energy into mentoring our Lil’ Pups. With the startup of the Omaha program in his hometown, and his visits to Sacramento, Harrison is representing The Playmakers Organization in a BIG way.
Playmaker Craig Penrose
Craig has taken the position of President of the Board with The Playmakers Board of Directors. This local hero and former Denver Bronco’s goal for his tenure: Small successes which grow and multiply to benefit the at-risk students enrolled in our program.
A special thank you goes out to Alex Romero, the lead coach at Cordova Meadows, for his assistance during the dinner presentation.