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 email@example.com