Help us meet our goal to serve more youth this summer

Outside the classroom, young people need peer support, not peer conflict.

Our mission is to mentor youth who are struggling, with a focus on character development. Our coaches 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 occur.

For kids that come from disadvantaged and sometimes volatile backgrounds, The Playmakers Team is a safe place where they can feel included and learn who they want to be through character development, academics, fitness and recreation

If you want to see what last year’s Summer Academy looked like, check out the video! Keep scrolling if you would like to read about some recent events which show how we are changing student’s lives.

A principle’s report from Skycrest Elementary campus:

“Quick, go get someone from the office,” Sarah yelled as she came upon a cluster of kids just outside the fence. “Stop” she said in her bravest voice, “Is this fair to all concerned?” The bully took a step back, and everyone was looking at her. After a deep breath she said, “Will this build goodwill and better friendships?” This quick thinking bought enough time for the teacher to arrive before the bully could escape. Sarah was so relieved, and glad she had learned the Rotary Principles at Playmakers after school.

A teacher’s observation in the classroom at Woodland Prairie:

Savion had many challenges last fall which left him agitated most days. When he was invited to join the new after-school program, he only went because it meant he didn’t have to go home and be alone. He did not have a Dad and his mom worked a lot. Savion’s teacher told us that he is now participating in class, his mood has improved and you can tell he feels very proud to be part of The Playmakers Team.

Updated from the Cordova Villa Coach:

After school, Johnny reports to Coach Alec and quickly finishes his homework. After some character drills, he is outside, running and catching the football with his teammates. Johnny had a hard time at first learning to work with the group – he wanted to keep the spotlight on himself. Over the last few months, Johnny has been more helpful with others on the team, and is learning that there are times to let others shine.


Our programs are based on our character-based curriculum with trained coaches who work one-on-one with the students.  The Playmakers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ID: 26-4648226. All monetary donations are tax deductible.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email below or call 916-220-1284.

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The Playmakers Creed

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I AM A PLAYMAKER

FAMILY

I am a Playmaker. I have been blessed with coaches who care about me, pour into me, coach me hard, and love me.  Someday I may be a Mom or Dad. I will be prepared to finish the job and pay-it-forward.  That is what a Playmaker does, and I am a Playmaker.  I will not tolerate bullying, speaking negatively about someone, or being unkind.  Team means family.

ACADEMICS

I am a vicarious learner, a reader, and I value education for my future.  I will give my best effort in the classroom and you will see me graduate because I value education.  I understand that values are “things that are important to me.”

SERVING OTHERS

I am being built to serve others.   It is my job to serve others in our community and make it better for others.  I am built for others.  I am cared for and am learning to care for others. That is part of my job. Caring for others is what makes our community better.

WINNING WITH HONOR

I am a Warrior/Poet, humble but confident.  I am strong yet kind.  That is what a Warrior/Poet is.  I am beautiful. God is proud of me, crafted me perfectly, and is not done with me.

My coaches have invested in me and I will pay-it-forward to others.  I am a Playmaker – standing tall, serving others, winning with honor, loving family and exceling in academics.

Download your copy of The Playmakers Creed here

Coaching Character, Winning with Honor, and Paying It Forward are our core principles to empower & strengthen youths and their family relationships. Learn more here or contact Coach Roz below.

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Playmakers Coach Anthony in the news!

Coaching Kids for Success in the Sacramento Region

Jun 27, 2017 04:43PM, Published by Style, Categories: Today, Community

Anthony is a great guy who has given our organization much of himself. I am so proud of him. He is going to do even more great things for kids in his new position.

Playmakers in the news, Published by Style Magazine – Folsom, El Dorado Hills

http://www.stylefedh.com/2017/06/27/147871/coaching-kids-for-success-in-the-sacramento-region

#winningwithhonor #playmakersacademy #coachingcharacter

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.

If you know someone who has a passion for helping lost kids, have them contact us about career and internship opportunities.

The Playmakers First Super Bowl Champion!

Jordan Richards has been a champion all his life.

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.

Jordan Richards before being recruited by the New England Patriots in 2015.

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.

STANFORD, CA – Saturday, Sept. 3, 2010: Stanford defeated San Jose State 57-3 at Stanford Stadium.

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.

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For more information about our Character and Leadership Academy, visit ThePlaymakers.org or contact Coach Roz.

 

The Coach Roz book that started it all…

Coach Roz wrote Coaching for a Bigger Win a number of years ago – it was the beginning of the character development program being implemented in our after-school literacy programs.

Coach Roz bigger winThis book is not about coaching. It’s about building character. That’s the bigger win.

Success in life starts on the playing field—where kids learn lessons that last a lifetime. The Playmakers summer sports camps change the lives of inner-city kids. Learn Coach Roz’s methods so you, too, can coach for that bigger win—at home and in school, as well as on the field. Whether you are a coach, a teacher, or a parent—build your team while building kids’ character. Coach Roz gives you 22 easy-to-follow rules….read more on Amazon here.

Greg Roeszler’s athletic career includes being a quarterback/punter at the University of Minnesota and San Diego State, as well as a camp quarterback with the Oakland Raiders in 1980. His passion for lost and forgotten kids led him to leave a successful career as a sales and management trainer so he could devote his life to working with at-risk kids. As Greg puts it, “I am a High School Football Coach, a Husband and Dad struggling to be the man I have been called to be.” Out of that calling, Playmakers Mentoring Foundation was born. Supported early on by a network of coaches and friends who shared his vision, Playmakers now reaches throughout the State of California, and is beginning to emerge on the national and international scene as well. You can learn more about this amazing outreach on their web site, www.ThePlaymakers.org. Greg, his wife, Linda, and their two daughters live in Sacramento, California.

If you would like to email Coach Roz directly, contact him here.

April 30 – Dinner with Playmakers

Tri Tip Dinner 2016, The PlaymakersEach April, The Playmakers host a Tri Tip Dinner at Divine Savior Church in Orangevale.

The festivities kick-off at 6:00pm. There will be stations where you can learn more about what our students are doing after-school four days a week, and you can meet the coaches who mentor them.

Also in attendance will be our sponsors, supporters and friends who together have helped us grow our After-School Literacy Program to 4 schools in the Sacramento area and a new location in Omaha, NE.

We have confirmed two featured speakers: Harrison Phillips and Jody Sears. Harrison Phillips is mentoring students in California when he is attending Stanford, and in Omaha on his school breaks. Jody Sears is the Sac State Hornets Head Coach, and he is supporting his team players who have chosen to work as a coach with our Lil’ Pups.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their contributions — We are just getting started!!!

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Playmakers Omaha Location Now Open

We are proud to announce our partnership with Playsmart in Omaha, Nebraska.

Playmakers and Playsmart are combining the best of both their programs into an opportunity for students to improve their reading skills and learn about honor, leadership and character. Playmaker Harrison Phillips is heading up this program in his hometown because he cares about his community. Thank you to Derek Leathers, John Manna and Harrison Phillips, we are proud to be on your team.

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Tri Tip Dinner to Benefit Playmakers Reading Program

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Our after-school academic programs are now affecting students on 5 campuses in the Sacramento Region. During our dinner event, guests will be able to meet our Coaches and the Lil Pups they are mentoring.

Learn more about the Reading, Fitness and Character Leadership lessons that are accelerating grade level reading skills for students at risk of falling behind and how you can help.

Playmakers New After School Program Locations

Three new after school program locations have begun this month!

Due to our generous sponsors, Playmakers has been able to expand our after school academics program. Students enrolled in The Playmakers program are accelerating their reading grade levels, and learning core values of character and leadership. If you would like to see our program in-person, we welcome you to visit one of our sites. Our coaches are happy to answer your questions and introduce our students.

after school readingYou can contact Coach Roz by email here.

Fifty Days of Summer Learning

50 days of summer learning increases grade-level skills — for Girls & Boys!

Summer of 2015: Students in the Playmakers Summer Reading Program challenged themselves, and our mentors were by their side every step of the way.

Summer Reading Volunteers 2015Our dedicated staff of volunteers, a group of Sacramento State Student Athletes spent time working directly with the children for 50 days in June & July. With our reading program software tracking, we found that these students improved from 3/10 to a full academic year in their reading skills. All of these students were behind in grade-level reading, and face a variety of learning challenges. We also found that girls comprised almost 50% of our summer learning program!

If would like to learn more about our Reading Program, you can call Coach Roz directly at 916-220-1284, or email CoachRoz@theplaymakers.org.