Summer 2019: Playmakers Football Camp News

What a summer it has been!

We began in April with The Playmaker/Tim Brown camp for kids here in Sacramento.  Our camp featured 100 at-risk/special needs kids including 15 hearing impaired and deaf kids. What a blast we had with K9 and the CHP high speed demonstrations from law enforcement’s finest.  Tim Brown and The Playmakers will be expanding the event to invite more kids next spring.  The camp was facilitated by 3 local high schools including Rio Americano, El Camino and Mira Loma High Schools.

Buffalo, NY Football Camp

On May 4th Playmaker Harrison Phillips hosted another 100 at risk/special needs football camp at the Buffalo Bills practice facility. What an experience for the kids, including participation from law enforcement, the local fire department and many volunteers. Between events, everyone danced to the DJ music that was played throughout the day, and FUN was emphasized with lots of encouragement. Harrison brought eight fellow Buffalo Bill players with him to coach for the day, and we had volunteers from four Buffalo High School football teams who all worked to make this a tremendous day for the kids.

Plans are being made for next summer’s Buffalo, NY event at The Bills facility where we plan to host over 200 kids. With our goal of building a Playmakers Community in Buffalo, we are making plans for those who attended camp in May to come watch Harrison Phillips and the Buffalo Bills play at the end of August against The Minnesota Vikings.  Pretty cool stuff for Harrison’s Buffalo Playmakers.

Sacramento, CA Football Camp

In June at El Camino High School, Harrison Phillips as well as New England Patriot’s Playmaker Jordan Richards coaching our Lil’ Playmakers. The camp was facilitated by two rival high schools that worked together to make the day a great one for the kids. Lunch was provided by our new corporate partner, The Burgess Brothers – amazing food and we are incredibly grateful for their support.

Omaha, NE Football Camp

In July, The Playmakers hosted 100 kids, 4 high schools and a variety of corporate sponsors for a Give Back day in Harrison’s home town. The kids participated in a variety of football drills and games including tug-of-war and water balloon fights. We danced to the DJ, had a local police dog and horses demonstration. The fire department gave a tremendous demonstration and the high school players did a tremendous job facilitating the day. The kids loved seeing Harrison and other retired NFLers who came to visit. Over 300 were in attendance and plans are already being made for follow up activities during the year and camp next summer.

We are now planning upcoming events:

  • At risk/special needs basketball game
  • Sacramento State Football Game
  • Buffalo Bills (Harrison’s Team) against The Minnesota Vikings
  • Stanford Football Game
  • Sacramento Go Kart Day
  • Omaha Go Kart Day

Stay tuned for updates by following one of our social media channels below!

The Playmakers is planning for our 2020 summer football/recreational sports days with the goals of reaching 1000 kids in the following cities: Sacramento, Buffalo, Omaha, Fremont and San Diego.  If you have any media or possible sponsorship connections in these cities, we need you on our team!  Follow us on our social media for updates, call Coach Roz at 916-220-1284 or email him if you can help.

Harrison’s Playmakers – Omaha, Nebraska

Harrison Phillips and The Playmakers are ready for Omaha and will be at Collins Field on July 6.

This event is CLOSED to the public but OPEN to participants from local organizations including Gomez Heritage Elementary, Parkview Heights Elementary, Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Special Olympics Nebraska, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

We are working with local agencies and schools to build a Playmakers community in each of these cities for at-risk and special needs youth. Our football mentors will include players and coaches from Bellevue West Football, Millard West Athletics & Activities, Burke Football, and Omaha South High.

Thank You to our local sponsors!

Our gratitude is immeasurable that we can continue our mission of helping at-risk youth.

Gold Star Sponsor – $2500

 

Silver Star Sponsor $1000

Medicine Man Pharmacy
NP Dodge Realty – Becky Tindall
 

Bronze Star Sponsors ($500)

State Farm – Cory Juma
Reality Based Leadership
First State Bank
Paul and Pam Bails Family

Touchdown Sponsors

Runza, 168th & Harrison
Talk About It Entertainment
Fire Nutrition
The Lockerroom
Quality 1 Graphics & Signs
Hawley Orthodontics
Rotella’s
HyVee
Vic’s Popcorn
Krispy Kreme
Teddy Grahams: Friends of Millard West
Gomez Elementary After School Program
National Football League Players Association
Joe Croom: Videography and Photography
Jack Barna: Drone footage and photography
Jessie Addleman Photo: Videography and Photography
Katie Cowell Photography

This camp is closed to the public as we are working with special-needs agencies. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorships, please contact Coach Roz at 916-220-1284.

Playmaker Star Harrison Phillips, setting a shining example of youth mentorship

Harrison Phillips’ childhood dream has come true, and he is paying it forward in so many ways!

From the age of 12, Harrison was focused on a singular goal – he wanted to play in the NFL. After graduating from Stanford in 2017, Harrison started 2018 with his draft to a major league team – The Buffalo Bills. Harrison had many accomplishments while playing football at Stanford, all while carrying a full load of classes to complete his double major. You can read about Harrison’s early years – The NFL was always his why.

Draft Night Celebration 2018

On the field his nickname is Horrible Harry, out in the community he is far from it.

Young people need to reach for the stars. Youth mentors like Harrison Phillips who demonstrate honesty, upstanding character traits, and commitment to their family and team of supporters are the living examples of the core of The Playmakers principles. Harrison was interviewed before the recent My Cause My Cleats game explaining why he has chosen The Playmakers as his cause.

In this video, Harrison talks about how working with our Lil’ Pups fulfills him: “When I met these kids in third grade, most of them were at a first grade reading level, and by the time they were leaving fifth grade, they were on pace and reading at a fifth grade level. That was remarkable in itself but to see the character change and the maturity that came along with that….to meet a 3rd grader who wouldn’t look me in the eye and didn’t care anything about me, to coming back and they want to shake my hand, look me in the eye and ask me questions in such a respectful way. Those type of things give me so much encouragement and hope for the future of these young people.”

  • Tutoring in the classroom
  • Coaching on the playground
  • Demonstrating strength of character and giving back to “pay-it-forward”

Coach Roz was invited to attend a December game in New York where a special event took place that brings The Playmakers some national exposure.

All Buffalo Bills players had the chance to bring awareness to charitable causes that are important to them. During the Week 14 game against the New York Jets, players wore custom cleats as part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats (MCMC) campaign.  The initiative is a culmination of collaborative work between the NFL and players across the league to showcase the work that our players are doing in the community.

“Harrison is like my own son and I am so proud,” Coach Roz (Greg Roeszler)

With his new life in New York with the Bills, Phillips’ role is shifting, and he is excited to highlight The Playmakers from a much larger platform. We are so appreciative for this young man and the assistance he has provided for our organization.

You can read more about Harrison’s History with Playmakers here.

Harrison has continued helping his new community with the Buffalo Bills. He joined in on the NFL Flag Football powered by USA Football. helping mold healthier kids, more engaged families, and a closer community.

You can visit Harrison’s website and follow him here.

Coach Roz and Harrison Phillips visiting one of Playmakers Sponsors Chicago Fire
While still at Stanford, Harrison dropped in for visits with the kids.
Coaching young Playmakers for some Flag Football Fun!
Running Drills on the playground
After receiving the Allstate Community Award, Harrison hands out hats and gloves to Playmaker students.
Kids are full of curiosity – and Harrison was happy to answer all their questions.
Harrison – you made a BIG difference in young lives today.
Once a Playmaker, Always a Playmaker