Join Playmakers for a BBQ picnic at Journey Church
The Playmakers will be cooking’ and our young Playmakers have put together a talent show. You are invited to come and learn more about our Summer Academy and help us give thanks to Journey Church for the space to host our summer program.
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.
I am so excited about our dinner this year for a variety of reasons. The theme this year is “Hero to Others” and will showcase the impact of the heroes to our young Playmakers. Our Playmaker and Stanford graduate, Harrison Phillips will be drafted into the NFL just prior to the dinner and that will also be something to celebrate.
There will be a room full of heroes at our dinner including Big Sky Coach of the Year, Sacramento State Head Football Coach, Jody Sears. Stanford Football Players Jovan Swann and Michael Williams who Harrison has recruited to continue his work with our young Playmakers. There will be some “older” heroes from the Jr. Rosebowl participants who we will thank, and one of the regions’ best high school football coaches Ed Lombardi will be there including former Denver Bronco (and Playmaker Board President) Craig Penrose.
My hope is that you will join us and bring one couple to our event to experience all that Playmakers is doing and aspires to do in the next 12 months.
See you at the event! Coach Roz
Thank you to Practical Cycle and the Pedego Bicycle Company for donating this electric bike that can be used to increase your exercise level on the bike trails or around town. It’s exercise disguised as FUN!
Join us in honoring our Most Valuable Playmakers who are helping The Playmakers continue their mission of helping youth from disadvantaged communities through character development and mentoring leadership values.
Dear Friends of Playmakers: It has been a busy year and we want to update you on the growth of our program. 2017 has brought us many blessings, and we are proud of the accomplishments that are allowing us to fulfill our mission of affecting young lives through Academics, Character & Leadership and Fitness.
Summer Camp at Oak Hills Church.
10-12 trained Coaches mentoring our students.
100 students currently being served during the school year; additional students are served at our Summer Academies.
Increased support from local Civic Groups: We could not do what we do without the fine Rotarians, Optimists and Lions in our community.
As our program evolves, we believe that we are positioned to accelerate our services to many more kids in our area. We are asking for your help which can truly make a difference to the young Playmaker you sponsor. Here are some examples of what your money can buy over the course of one year.
$15.00/month: Sponsor classroom materials for our academics portion of the program
$25.00/month: Sponsor field trip transportation
$35.00/month: Sponsor two young Playmakers
$50.00/month: Sponsor the expansion of services to a fifth elementary school in 2018
If you can’t give today, do you know someone with a heart for helping kids? Are you connected to a business that might sponsor an educational field trip? We are looking for caring people who would like to make a difference. Contact Coach Roz at 916-220-1284 or ThePlaymakers.org, or download our donation form here.
May you have a Merry Holiday and a Blessed New Year!
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler
The First Annual Playmakers Olympics, held at River City Christian Church in Rancho Cordova, was a great way for our Playmakers students to use the teamwork skills they have been learning. Playmaker Parents and Coaches cheered from the sidelines while Playmaker students from 6 schools competed at this end-of-school-year celebration.
Coaching Character and Winning with Honor are key components to our Playmakers Academy curriculum. You are invited to visit our program and see how our coaches are working with the students in the three areas of Academics, Fitness and Character and Leadership. One student shares her feelings about being part of The Playmakers Academy.
On-going funding is vital to keep our programs running. From our trained coaches and Let’s Go Learn software licensing, to t-shirts and field trips for each young Playmaker. We are providing tools and support to make a difference in the lives of lost kids, and giving them the power to change their lives.
Since the beginning of Playmakers, our core mission has not changed. Coach Roz believes that in every generation, we desperately need youth of character who are built to serve others. Every youth we can affect will certainly be a Playmaker for life.
We are incredibly grateful to the Civic Groups and other donors who support our programs. With the help of individual volunteers, community partners and businesses that support us monetarily, we are helping students accelerate their reading skills and rewarding them for demonstrating exceptional character and leadership. You can show your support by donating directly through pay pal with the button below.
Throughout the year, we partner with folks that want to make a difference in young lives. From trampoline days to football games and community events, this is an opportunity to give our students something they have never experienced.
Contact Us if you are interested in taking a little time to spend with our Lil’ Pups (Playmakers in training).
Some of our past sponsored activities included:
— A VSP field trip led by the CEO, and answering enthusiastic questions from the kids
— Sacramento State Football Game – FREE to attend for the youth and their families
— Friday Pizza Day, bringing pizza for a special treat builds instant rapport with the kids
The rain let up and the sky cleared for the Saturday night football game at Sacramento State on October 29, 2016.
Young Playmakers from 3 area schools and their families were treated to a FREE football game with VIP treatment. They were able to greet the players as they entered the field, and greet them after the game. thank you to all the volunteers who made this evening possible and helped with the half-time barbeque.
Our after-school academic programs are now affecting students on 5 campuses in the Sacramento Region.
Download our brochure to learn more about the Leadership and Character Development Academy lessons that are accelerating grade level reading skills and reducing the achievement gap for students at risk of falling behind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
You 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!
At 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.