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

Tickets



Three ways to give to The Playmakers

Our after-school and Summer Academy leadership programs teach character skills by applying values such as doing the right thing when no one is looking and working together as a team.

You can be a part of changing lives with a donation or by volunteering.

Annual Tri-Tip Dinner

Did you get your tickets yet? 

playmakers tri tip dinnerWhen you purchase 2 dinner tickets, you will receive One Complimentary Raffle Ticket to win this Pedgo Comfort Cruiser. You do not have to attend the dinner to enter to win for this item – tickets are available here.

The winner of the Pedego Bike will be announced in May.

 

Big Day of Giving 2018 is May 3!

big day of giving 2018

Our goal is to support 3rd – 5th grade students who experience gaps in learning and may have behavioral challenges in the classroom. You can #bethechange with a donation on Big Day of Giving May 3!

 

 

Volunteer!

We are always looking for more team members who want to help. We hire college students through internship programs, or you can fill out a volunteer form if you have something you would like to share with the kids.

Featured Silent Auction Item: Pajaro Dunes Condo Getaway

At our Tri-Tip Dinner on April 28, you can bid on this beautiful resort getaway!

Details:

Shore Bird 52, A Pajaro Dunes Condominium

3 nights Beachside Accommodations on the Beach overlooking Monterey Bay!

$1200.00 value  *subject to availability, contact us for details.

Nestled along the Monterey Bay is one of the most scenic stretches of California’s central coastline. Spanning 1 1/2 miles of pristine beach, Pajaro Dunes Resort is a secluded, gated community featuring a collection of beautiful beachfront houses, townhomes, and condominiums architected to blend harmoniously with the gently rolling, natural ocean side landscape — available for vacation rentals, conferences and real estate sales. Pajaro Dunes Resort is located at 105 Shell Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076 — just west of Watsonville, south of Santa Cruz, and north of Monterery/Carmel.

If you would like to check out the amenities: pajarodunes.com

To redeem and schedule your stay, contact Dave & Lynn Bell at 916.817.1717 or email bell.lynn@gmail.com.

 

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.

Stanford Star and Playmaker Harrison Phillips is coming to visit!

This Friday, October 20th, Playmaker Harrison Phillips is visiting our Skycrest Elementary Program.

Harrison Phillips, (Playmaker and Stanford All American) will be working with our young Playmakers from 3:30-5:00pm, AND there will be a video crew from New York there to capture what he is doing with our organization.
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND WATCH.

Harrison has been tremendous to our organization in so many ways, and as he prepares for the NFL, we want to express our deepest gratitude, and congratulate him on the wonderful things to come for him. #charactercounts #payitforward #stanfordman #coachingcharacter

Skycrest Elementary Location, 5641 Mariposa Ave, Citrus Heights, CA 95610

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.

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of The Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you have a question for Coach Roz, he can be reached at www.ThePlaymakers.org.

The Playmakers Vision – How do we change lives?

Over the years working with kids, through summer camps and school-year programs, stories emerge which reminding me why I am here helping lost kids.

Kids don’t have to have a disadvantaged background to be lost, but the kind of loss I have seen through the eyes of the students – well it could make a grown adult stagger. We want to empower young people to be brave, not be afraid to learn, work with the team – whether that is family or a sports team, or just a core group of friends and supporters. You get back what you put in, and never give up on your dreams.

Last summer, a student on their second day of summer camp, told the coach her mom had committed suicide just a few days before. We were honored this young lady allowed our coaches to help her through a difficult time – she did not retreat, and she is a Playmaker. She participated all summer and had a blast. Our goal is to stay connected with her throughout the school year and invite her to next summer’s program.

Students have found support through their peers. We change lives by empowering the students to help themselves. Our vision is to instill a pay-it-forward mentality in the students within their community.

— A couple of seasons ago when coaching football, a young man starting his sophomore year in high school – with a 3.0 G.P.A., I asked Kenny what his parents did for a living (what I am really doing is finding out if he lives with his Mom and Dad). HIS story: His parents brought him and his sister in on Christmas Day to tell them that they are getting a divorce. That was his reality of Christmas that year.

— Another child who was 11 years old and had lost his Dad to gang bullets

— These two Playmakers got together through the direction of a Playmaker Coach, and the older student agreed to mentor the younger one with the following goals:

1) They will read a book together in the summer

2) They will meet in July and discuss the book at The Playmakers camp

3) A.J. will be a guest at Kenny’s high school game. (Do you know how big that is for an 11 year old?)

By helping each other with a little encouragement from adults – these kids are investing in themselves. They are up to the challenge.

Listen to what the kids have to say about The Playmakers.

If you would like to follow other stories or participate in helping change young lives,  you are invited to become part of The Playmakers Family. You can learn more about our core values here.

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, please contact us  at www.ThePlaymakers.org

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.

 

Coach Roz featured in Daily Word

Coaching in the Inner City

This article was published last month in Daily Word, A Faith-based website of resources and Daily Inspiration by Unity. Coach Roz speaks about his coaching experiences and his passion for helping lost kids.

When I started coaching high school football in one of Sacramento’s roughest areas, I didn’t know some of these kids had no place to live or that they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. Many had never known their father. They all wanted to play football, even though their school hadn’t won a game in three years. It was a big assignment, but I wanted them to have a male role model in their life who truly cared about them. The football team became “family” for them and they found a sense of belonging and safety.

Many of the boys were failing academically, so I started an early-morning tutoring program. Initially, we were just helping them catch up on their homework. It didn’t take long to find out that they were failing because they couldn’t read. We switched our focus to reading and getting them caught up in the foundational pieces necessary for them to pass their subjects.

We wanted to provide ongoing support and encouragement for kids who had been given such a tough start in life, so Playmakers Mentoring Foundation was born. Through Playmakers, we promote character and leadership to disadvantaged and at-risk kids using football as the conduit. For many of these kids, our program became a lifeline.

You have to be willing to meet the kids where they are. That means going to difficult neighborhoods and broken homes and being comfortable developing relationships with the kids and their families, just as Jesus would. We try to model Jesus by how we carry ourselves, how we live our lives, and how we interact with kids. That’s what being a Playmaker is all about.

coach roz

Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the founder and executive director of the Sacramento-based Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. For more information, visit theplaymakers.org.

http://www.dailyword.com/articles/2017/06/coaching-inner-city

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.

To learn more about The Playmakers Organization, like us on Facebook.

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

 

A Playbook for Parents – Coaching Character and Leadership

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

In his own unique way, Coach Roz shares 22 Practical Quotes which he uses to teach today’s youth what it means to be a person of character. Coach Roz tells how his Playmakers program offers a clear base of support for parents who have the difficult task of raising their kids alone. Laced with humor, and undergirded by his passion for helping lost kids, every page is a gem that is bound to touch a reader’s heart.

Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents, with Donna Miesbach and Foreword by David Humm.

Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents is also On Sale Now on Amazon.