Celebrating Playmaker Stars

Our Annual Tri Tip Dinner is this Saturday night!

We are celebrating the Sponsors who are support our after-school programs, and the Playmaker Stars who make our program shine. Tickets are available at the door, click here for dinner details.

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Playmaker Craig Penrose

Celebrity Guest Craig Penrose

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.

 

 

Playmaker Jody Sears
Playmaker Jody Sears.

Celebrity Jody Sears

Jody Sears became the 10th head football coach in Sacramento State history when he was named the head football coach on April 25, 2014. The elevation came just months after Sears was hired as the Hornets’ defensive coordinator in the spring of 2014.

 

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Playmaker Harrison Phillips

Stanford Football Celebrity Harrison Phillips

Harrison splits his time off the field between Sacramento and Omaha, NE mentoring the youth in our after-school programs.

 

 

Molina Health Care Champions for Change on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Molina Health Care Champions for Change Award NIght. Coach Roz & Guillermo Barba (right).

Playmaker Guillermo Barba

A volunteer at our Cordova Meadows after-school program, has won the Volunteer of the Year Award from Molina Health Care! We nominated him because he is the hardest working young man we know. Still in high school, he volunteers with us, and works with his folks at night. Guillermo will received his community service award at a special Molina Dinner on April 19. He is a valuable asset to our program, and a young man of great character, Congratulations Guillermo!

Sponsor Spotlights – Civic Groups

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The civic groups in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova are generous partners, helping to fund our after-school literacy programs. We would especially like to thank the Sacramento Optimists who are teaming up with us for our annual Tri Tip Dinner where we showcase our literacy program.

Tim Brown Camp 1You are invited to learn more about The Playmakers Organization by visiting our website: www.theplaymakers.org. You can still purchase tickets for our Tri Tip Dinner on Saturday, April 30, where you can meet and hear from our greatest supporters – former NFL’ers, our program coaches, and the Lil’ Pups who are benefiting the most with improved reading skills!

Tickets are still on sale for our Tri Tip Dinner, click here.

April 30 – Dinner with Playmakers

Tri Tip Dinner 2016, The PlaymakersAt the end of April, The Playmakers Organization will be hosting 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.

You can still purchase tickets to our Tri Tip Dinner here.

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.

Derek Leathers, an Uncommon Man

playmaker Derek LeathersDerek Leathers is a Playmaker on several fields. He is a special guy on so many levels.

  • First and foremost, he is a great father and husband. He is a success story in itself in he has educated himself with a degree from Princeton with a football scholarship.
  • He gives back in so many ways, including coaching youth football in Nebraska.
  • He founded a non-profit called PlaySmart reaching at risk kids in several cities across the country.
  • In his spare time, he is the CEO of Werner Enterprises, and travels a gillion miles per year.
  • Finally, he is a Playmaker supporter as he believes that character, reading and the development of our youth is a non-negotiable.

Derek is an “uncommon man” whom I am proud to call a friend and coach. His actions advise us on how to grow and impact more kids across the country.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to learn more, you can call him directly at 916-220-1284. To contact Coach Roz by e-mail: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

Sponsor Olsen-Fielding has started a trend

Olsen-Fielding Early Adaptors

The day that Curt Olsen came to our campus and saw kids sitting on the floor learning to read was all it took. Playmakers had just researched a cloud based reading program that required software and chrome books but did not have the financial resources to launch the beta test.  Our goal was to improve kids reading grade levels (in a volunteer program) during the summer. LOFTY GOAL!!

Curt Olsen committed the funding to kick off the summer reading program that yielded the data that proved kids can and will learn to read over the summer. With that data, Playmakers has secured a grant from the City of Rancho Cordova funding 3 more schools for 12 months.  This means 100+ at risk kids reading and involved in sports and exercise.

This reading lab (along with Curt) was showcased to Jim McGrann (Global CEO of Vision Service Plan) and Jim saw the vision and results of Playmakers and corporate involvement. Curt Olsen (and the team at Olsen-Felding) jump started Playmakers after-school program.

We are proud to partner with Curt and Olsen-Fielding as they are assisting us in creating “uncommon youth.”

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to learn more, you can call him directly at 916-220-1284. To contact Coach Roz by e-mail: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

Reading & Sports Program Update

Playmakers has kicked off its after school reading/sports program and the kids are doing tremendously well.
Coach Komar has had the students’ reading assessed, and individualized programs are now prepared for each student. Our goal is a jump in reading levels (beyond normal fall progressions) during the fall semester.
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAOur Sac State students are doing an outstanding job as instructors and our trained volunteers are making the classroom and sports activities a great experience.  We are using Sac State fraternity members who are serving in the community and mentoring kids s they want to make a positive contribution in the community.
Our programs now have a “waiting list” for kids wanting to participate in the next class and we will be adding schools in the winter semester is well. Stay tuned for updates!
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to learn more, you can call him directly at 916-220-1284. To contact Coach Roz by e-mail: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

Summer Reading and Mentoring

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 coachroz@theplaymakers.org