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

 

Building self esteem for at-risk youth gives them tools for adulthood.

Jerome came to us summer before last with a heavy heart and zero self-confidence. After his first Summer Camp with The Playmakers, Jerome has found friends and supporters – a new family of sorts.

Most importantly, Jerome is building his self esteem.

Through one-on-one coaching, Jerome has responded positively and now has a future to look forward to. He is building life-long connections with The Playmakers family, and he will always have a place in our hearts.

Jerome was recently awarded the Molina Volunteer Star award for giving back to The Playmakers.

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The majority of our Lil’ Pups (young Playmakers) come to us from difficult circumstances. The Playmakers goal is to help these student learn what it is like to belong to a team – friends he has made and coaches that model positive character traits. Jerome has embraced The Playmakers Creed and learned what it means to be a person of character who thinks of others before themselves. These skills have helped him overcome challenging life changes that were thrown his way.

You can watch more videos to hear what kids have to say about attending The Playmakers program.

Our goal is to help every child in this way — we all have challenges, some deeply hidden. It is crucial to reach these kids while they are young – so they are more prepared for life challenges and know what it means to do the right thing when no one is watching.

developing self esteem in youthCoach Roz and his team use a character development curriculum to coach and empowering disadvantaged kids to make their path in life and not just follow others. Football is not a major component of our program as it used to be, but the values and character that embody Coach Roz’s principles from his football days is the core of our program. Coach Roz’s latest book: Coaching Character and Leadership. Playbook for Parents is now available on Amazon.

Summer Camp and Youth Football Clinic 2018

Coming June 30, 2018: The El Camino Sports Academy 2018 Youth Football Clinic

Saturday June 30th
@ El Camino High School
8:30am-12:30pm

Get all the details here!

This is a free clinic offered to all Sacramento youth looking to build safe, fun, and effective football skills while also learning the importance of playing with character, integrity, and good sportsmanship.

The Playmakers Summer Academy is going on now through August 3.

Signup for one week or multiple weeks, based on availability.

Each week will bring fun with a focus on coaching character, leadership and teamwork. Our Character and Leadership Summer Academy is open to boys and girls, ages 8 to 12.

PLEASE CALL COACH (916) 220-1284 FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

Where:

Journey Church
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact Coach to reserve your spot today!

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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.

 

 

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.

Can you help us purchase gloves to warm the hands of our young Playmakers?

Would you give a kid a helping hand?

donate a helping handFitness is an integral part of our program, and we want our kids to have warm hands when it is chilly outside. This small gift can mean a whole lot to someone whose family is struggling.

For every monthly donation sign up through December, we will purchase new gloves for one Playmaker student.

A small monthly donation of $20 can support our program all year long. If you are already giving monthly, why not introduce our program to a friend who has a heart for helping kids?

We need your help to change the world, please visit ThePlaymakers.org/donate to learn more about our monthly giving program.

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Thank you to all the Rotary Clubs that help us reach more students

Thank you to our local Rotary Clubs

Rotarians in the Sacramento region are changing young lives in disadvantaged communities.

Mike Daly, with the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova-Sunrise has been involved with our program for the last 5 years. They were one of the first Rotary Clubs to sign on and sponsor our program on a local campus. We now have involvement with almost a dozen civic clubs in the area who are supporting our program in one way or another. Words are not enough to express our gratitude, we are building the next generation of Rotary.

Mike tells us, “You are taking an element of society, of culture, children who are underachieving in reading and struggling with learning, and you bring them to a place of confidence of achievement. And then through the character component when they come out, they learn the issue of conflict resolution, and they’re more confident in themselves, take on more challenges and it just seems that overall they get to be a more well-rounded, a more competent person. How does this help the community? You have less trouble in schools, less trouble in communities, and in families because they are learning to deal with issues in a better way.”

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

Playmakers Summer Academy Wrap Up!

Our time with the students during the summer is rewarding  –  to see how we are making a difference in the everyday lives of the children we serve.

The 2017 Playmakers Folsom Character & Leadership Summer Academy. Thank you Rotary Club of Folsom, we built some amazing relationships this summer with the kids. We couldn’t have done it without your help, Thank You!

On our final day, The Playmaker student-athletes enjoyed a delicious lunch of Chicago Fire Pizza, who we give many thanks for donating funds and pizza this summer for a great group of kids. Looking forward to next summer!  #characterfirst #payitforward #TeamMeansFamily #chificommunity

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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.