Harrison’s Playmakers: First Stop Buffalo, NY

May 4, 2019:

125 Lil’ Pups entered the field through a tunnel of 50 professional, college and high school football players and a standing ovation welcoming them to a day designed just for them.

The Buffalo Bills organization really stepped up, with Harrison Phillips driving the goal of letting the kids shine and giving them a day to remember. The Playmakers worked with the Special Olympics, Bornhava – a Down Syndrome Organization, and with Buffalo Inner City Youth Football to bring young football fans out to run offensive drills, play tug-of-war and race relays with volunteers from The Buffalo Bills football team and local High School Football Player Volunteers from Alden Central High, Cheektowaga Central High and Akron High School. The NY State Police and Windom Fire Department was also in attendance providing demonstrations and answering questions from the kids about their careers.

We are proud to be partnered with these organizations in Buffalo:

Bornhava, and early childhood center for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Special Olympics

City of Buffalo Youth Recreation Centers

Thank you to the Buffalo Bills team members and the volunteers who paid-it-forward on their day off and made this an extra-special day for the kids.

Playmakers made the news in Buffalo!

Questions? Would you like to get involved? Contact us below!

Contact Coach Roz

 

What it means to sponsor a Playmaker

Kristen Garl is adopting some Lil’ Pups

sponsor a playmaker lil pupRunning her campaign for Carmichael Honorary Mayor means fundraising. The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce is the primary organization to receive the funds raised, and Kristen chose The Playmakers as the Non-Profit who will share in a portion of the money raised.

Thank you Kristen, for paying it forward and sponsoring our Lil’ Pups. You are a true Playmaker, a person of outstanding character doing the right thing for your community. We wish you the best of luck in your campaign!

These funds will help us make a difference in a few kid’s lives. A big difference.

When you donate to Playmakers programs, you help change the lives of kids who may be lost and overlooked at home. The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy has three core components to empower young persons with tools to overcome life’s challenges and change their perspective on their future.

A little more about Kristen and her Carmichael Honorary Mayor campaign

Express hope. Create dreams.
My name is Kristen Garl. I am humbled and honored to be running for Honorary Mayor of Carmichael. My goal is to express hope and create dreams among the youth, residents, businesses, and visitors of Carmichael by supporting decisions that positively impact the community.

Why Carmichael? Although I am not a resident, I am a businesswoman supporting Carmichael. As General Manager of Express Employment Professionals – Northeast Sacramento office, our territory encompasses Carmichael. Each day, I interact with job seekers, businesses, schools and services that impact Carmichael’s economy. Specifically, I enjoy volunteering as Principal of the Day and teaching employment readiness topics within San Juan Unified School District. My office was recognized as a Most Valued Partner by San Juan Unified School District in June 2018.    Beyond our standard process, I am strategically working on a proposal to connect local employers with SJUSD  Career Technical Education (CTE) graduates to overcome a portion of the trade skills gap in the NE Sacramento  area.

Follow ​Kristen Garl’s campaign for Carmichael Honorary Mayor 2019!

Express hope and create dreams.

@KG4CHM2019 #coachingcharacter #teamplaymakers

Attend one of the fundraising events being held, and you can make a donation. A donation of $1 equals 1 vote, so please support her campaign and The Playmakers.

At 4 elementary school campuses, our after school program provides trained mentors for 3-5th grade students. Our college-aged mentors teach The Playmakers curriculum for 90 minutes each day. Academics, Character and Leadership Coaching, and fun recreational activities where the students practice teamwork and what it means to win with honor in the classroom and on the playground.

Contact us if you have questions or would like to help. We appreciate volunteers!

Playmakers Summer Academy Barbecue Picnic

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.

WHERE:
Journey
Presbyterian Church (click for directions)
FUN STUFF: Playmaker Talent Show
MENU:
Tri Tip, (all you can hold) Beans, Potato Salad, Dessert
TICKETS: $14.00 each
RSVP: Coach Roz at 916 220-1284

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Character-Based Summer Camp Visitors

The kids had a blast when the Folsom Police Department visited The Playmakers Summer Camp.

Thank you to Sergeant Lou Wright and Officer Jeff Hedgepeth for visiting our Summer Academy on June 29th. Our kids were treated to an informational and FUN event where they learned about safety, and were able to meet (and pet) a K9 officer. The officers were impressed with the insightful questions asked by our young Playmakers. We are so pleased to be strengthening our relationship with law enforcement and giving kids an “inside view” of how the Sheriff’s server our community.

This visit was made possible by Board Member Bill Hutto and his coordination with the Folsom Police Department.

The kids had lots of questions for the officers and got and up-close introduction to their K9 officer. Click to see the video!!! 

Young people need peer support, not peer conflict.

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The Playmakers has a mission to empower today’s youth to be the change in themselves, their families and their communities. Through mentoring and coaching character development, our young Playmakers learn what it means to be part of a team and have a pay-it-forward attitude in life. We mentor youth who are struggling with issues on the playground or academics. Our coaching 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 can occur.

 

Driven by his passion for helping lost kids, The Playmakers Executive Director Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is paying it forward and forming Playmakers Communities in the Sacramento, CA, Buffalo, NY and Omaha, NE. If you would like to learn more how you can help, we invite you to contact us and volunteer at our next event.

Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents. You can see more on Amazon here.

 

 

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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Annual Dinner to honor Playmakers Heroes

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

Special Announcement!

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!

Purchase tickets for your chance to win this awesome electric bicycle! When you purchase 2 dinner tickets, you will get a free ticket for the drawing. More tickets can be purchased at the dinner or on our website here and you do not have to attend the dinner to win. Drawing will be held in May.

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.

Contact us if you would like to visit our program and see for yourself the difference we are making in kids lives.

The Playmakers is so grateful for the blessings that have allowed us to continue our mission to help kids in under-served communities.

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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.
  • Development of a formal curriculum.

Touching stories from school staff and parents, of changes they have seen in the classroom and at home, are filling our hearts with pride. We don’t call ourselves an anti-bullying program – but we are changing the mindset of young people, coaching them to increase their self-confidence to overcome daily challenges. The acts of kindness stories we are witnessing and hearing tells us our program is touching young lives and The Playmakers pay-it-forward culture is spreading.

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

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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!
Sincerely,
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler

Young Playmakers compete and learn about winning with honor.

Rancho Cordova, May 2017

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.

You hear what parents are saying about our program here.

 

4 ways you can support The Playmakers Organization

Big Day of Giving

On May 4, 2017, The Playmakers will join non-profits all over the region in Big Day of Giving 2017. Please consider a modest donation to help us match a 21,000 pledge from local Optimist and Rotary groups.

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.

Direct Donation

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.




Volunteering/Mentoring/Hosting a Field Trip

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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

If you would like to learn more about our Academic and Leadership Academy, visit our program page.

 

 

Sacramento State Football — Fall 2016

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.

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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.