The Playmakers Board of Directors

We are grateful for all the hard work of our Board Members and their service to The Playmakers.

If you have questions and would like to contact one of our board members, please contact us below.

Executive Director, Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler

“We provide the opportunity for these kids to better themselves. They are the ones doing the work to build themselves into a person of value to themselves and their community.”

916-220-1284 • Email Coach Roz

 

Why are we here?

We are a character academy serving the toughest kids in the community who might be lost in the system, come from difficult circumstances or be a youth with special needs. In 5 years we have served over 500 kids with a character-building curriculum facilitated by Sac State Student Athletes who the kids respect and look up to. The results have been amazing. Teachers, principals, parents and our coaches are seeing improved behavior, academics, character and community involvement.


Harrison Phillips, NFL Defensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills

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Harrison has a passion for helping young people – especially when it involves football. Through teaching and coaching, he leads by example and is inspired and grateful that he can help make a difference in the lives of these youngsters. We are so thankful that Harrison has chosen to invest his time in our organization.

Learn more about Harrison Phillips and his reasons for giving back.


Jim Langdon, Mortgage Consultants Group and Home Buyers Assistance

916-717-5626 • Email Jim

Q: Why do you choose to support The Playmakers?
A: Teaching character, honesty, and integrity are great foundations for any young life.  Playmakers is an organization that is all about that. Coach Roz has a great heart for kids and really knows how to connect with them. I feel good about being a part of something that can make a difference in the lives of our future generation.

Q: What results have you seen/would like to see that makes you feel like you are making a difference?
A:  I am relatively new to the board and look forward to seeing young lives changed for the better.  Especially in the area of integrity, community, and confidence.


Justin Curry, Umpqua Bank & DJ Direct Entertainment

(916) 517-7979 • Email Justin

Q: Why do you choose to support The Playmakers?

A: I try to live with a servant heart, and with youth development programs being an area with a high impact opportunity, this is an area of focus for me. Playmakers is doing some amazing work in the communities they serve, changing lives of not just the children in the program but impacting entire families. 

Q: What results have you seen/would like to see that makes you feel like you are making a difference?

A: I believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of our young people and future generations, if we never compromise our focus on helping them building strong character traits from a young age. It’s amazing to me to see the growth of kids in this program, most of which come from backgrounds of despair, heartbreak and little to no means to speak of. Yet, their resilience and relentless determination is something that inspires me daily. The world needs more programs like The Playmakers to keep pushing the needle. 


Bill Hutto, Retired Law Enforcement

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Q: Why do you choose to support The Playmakers?

A: I welcomed the opportunity to join the Playmakers Board in an effort to improve lives of at risk youth which is at the center of my focus. After a long  career with the California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation I feel that our program provides youth with a chance to learn life skills and become productive citizens.  This mentoring program has proven results that gives credibility to the the model.

Q: What results have you seen/would like to see that makes you feel like you are making a difference?

A: I have witnessed our program in action both in schools and the summer program. The respect, confidence, and learning ability of the children enrolled has allowed me to appreciate the fact that we are helping under privileged children have a stronger chance of success as they progress through life.  I see this as a life changing opportunity that allows me to give back to the community


Brandon Montalvo, Morgan Stanley Advisor

 


Chip Shumacher, Retired

 


Jeff Roeszler, Simas Floors

 


John Andersen, Carrington College

 


Past Board Members and why they joined The Playmakers Team


Ron Adams, College Funding Advisors

Why does Ron Serve on our Board? “Contributing financially to the mission of The Playmakers lines up with my life statement that service to humanity is the best work of life. Seeing young people mentored and directed towards positive outcomes is gratifying. Serving on the Playmakers Board has given me the opportunity to meet and work with men and women who are investing in a tangible way in the next generation.”


Steve Azevedo, InterWest Insurance Services, LLC

Why does Steve Serve on our Board? “Building kids to lead and serve for a better future.”


craig penrose, playmakers boardCraig Penrose, Former President of the Board (2016-2018)

Why does Craig on our Board? “To create something that was available to me as a kid.. A platform that can give young people a chance to succeed in their future and respect others while doing it.”

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.

Check out this video of his induction into the Aztec (SDSU Athletics) Hall of Fame.


Curt Olsen, Olsen Fielding

Why does Curt serve on our Board? “To provide an environment for kids where doing the right thing is encouraged and nurtured.”


coach roz with first Playmakers Lil' PupIf you or someone you know has a big heart for helping kids, join us in our mission of changing lives, one kid at a time. You are welcome to contact Coach Roz with your questions @ 916-220-1284.

“Our society desperately needs youth of character who are built to serve others”, Coach Roz

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