The Playmakers Sacramento Basketball One-Day Event

On November 16, we are providing a Special-Needs Basketball One-Day Event for kids with physical, emotional and social challenges at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA. We are partnering with Kids First, UCP, Big Brothers/Sisters and the local chapter for Special Olympics. These agencies are inviting special-needs and at-risk youth to a fun day of basketball and other activities that will be adapted to their abilities. Mentors and volunteers will be assisting so the parents can just enjoy watching their children having FUN.

Oak Hills Church
Saturday, November 16: 10am-1pm
1100 Blue Ravine Rd.
Folsom, CA

Each child will “partner” with a Playmakers mentor to ensure a full day of FUN!

  • All players will receive a Playmakers basketball jersey
  • Games will be played at the church’s INDOOR facility
  • Music, food, fun and more
  • Special surprises for the participants
  • Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the festivities

Burgess Brothers ChurWaffle LogoDon’t miss your chance to try the famous Burgess Brothers Churwaffle!

Jonathon and Matthew Burgess are local entrepreneurs who have built their roots in the community by giving back. In addition to their wildly popular BBQ Sauce and Churwaffle Brand, they are still active in their public service professions (Firefighting and Law Enforcement). Read all about the Burgess Brothers here. Plan to arrive at our event early to get a taste of all the excitement!

We are looking to reach at-risk families. Our goal is to give the kids a really fun, positive day away from the stress of their daily lives.

If you are interested in learning more about The Playmakers, stop by, have a Churwaffle, and watch the kids faces light up with a day of  fun designed just for them. Thank you to @SONorCal, @KidsFirstNow, @KFNow and @myUCP for partnering with us to make this day possible for the families.

This one-day basketball event is a follow-up since our Sacramento One Day Football Camp held at El Camino High School last June. The Playmakers are forming communities in the three cities where football camps were hosted.

Sponsorships are available and volunteers are welcome. You can learn more about our 3-City Tour 2019 which was the kickoff for an entire year of activities for each Playmakers Community.

Questions about Playmakers or this event? Contact Phil DuBois at 571-389-4094 or email phildubois@theplaymakers.org.

We are making a difference for these kids all year long. Our next event is a football game at Sac State. Follow us on social media for updates!

One Day Event Signup

 

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.

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

 

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

 

 

 

Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor

Express Hope. Create Dreams.

Kristen’s has chosen to help The Playmakers as she has seen first-hand how our program is impacting the lives of children, teaching them core values that will help them make positive choices and think of others before themselves. We are very grateful for her pay-it-forward commitment and being a positive role model in our community. You can read more about Kristen’s goals and values on the Carmichael Chamber website.

One dollar = One Vote

You can help Kristen’s Campaign by attending any of our upcoming events in the next two months. The candidate with the most votes by November election wins!!! Every $1 raised = 1 vote for Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor 2019.

Friends of The Playmakers are invited to join us with Kristen for fun and networking:

Wed, Sept 19, 5:30pm, Mayoral Mingle

A Carmichael Chamber event at Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Road.

Sat,, Oct 6, 10am – 2pm

Car Show at Milagro Centre parking lot, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, 95608. See the cars and meet the racing teams. $1/autograph. Raffle

Fri, Nov 2, 7pm – 9pm

Sock Hop at The Patriot Event Center inside Milagro Centre, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, 95608. 50’s Style Family Event, Raffles.

playmakers sponsor Kristen Garl Coach Roz with Kristen Garl

“I have chosen to support The Playmakers because I believe in their mission supporting disadvantaged kids through Coaching Character, Winning with Honor, and Pay It Forward core principles. I believe investing in this program supports local youth by providing a structure for them to grow into a person of character who contributes to their community.”

Patriot Event Center at Milagro – First kickoff of the year!

6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA 95608

Falcons vs Eagles, Thursday, September 6 at 5:20pm!

We invite you to join with with Kristen’s campaign supporters to cheer on the 1st regular season NFL game. This fundraiser to benefit the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce & The Playmakers. Doors open at 4:30pm.

• Represent your NFL team

• Big screens

• Ticket includes 1 drink

• Bid on raffle prizes

• Meet local NFL affiliated community members

• Cash bar and cash menu provided by Broderick Roadhouse

#KG4CHM2019 #payitforward #teamplaymakers

No refunds. Donations made to Carmichael Chamber of Commerce Tax ID 94-1227126 on behalf of Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor Campaign.

Kristen is the General Manager of Express Employment Professionals. She is community-minded, and believes in The Playmakers Creed: Coaching Character, Winning with Honor and Pay It Forward principles. Thank you Kristen, we look forward to a successful campaign.

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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Win an Electric Bike and support The Playmakers programs

We have a limited number of tickets for sale to win a Pedego Electric Bike!

100% of the money raised from this raffle will benefit #thePlaymakers programs.

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!

$10 Tickets will be available on a first come, first purchased basis — get your tickets now before they are gone!

You do not have to attend the dinner to win! Tickets are available to the general public, and we will announce the winner in May. If you would like to attend our dinner, you can purchase 2 dinner tickets and receive One Complimentary Raffle Ticket to win this Pedego Comfort Cruiser!

There is no purchase requirement for this raffle other than ticket purchase. Winner will receive choice of model as determined by Practical Cycle, you can see your choices here:

  • https://www.practicalcycle.com/product/pedego-comfort-cruiser-iii-classic-electric-bike/
  • https://www.practicalcycle.com/product/pedego-comfort-cruiser-iii-step-thru-electric-bike/
  • https://www.practicalcycle.com/product/pedego-comfort-cruiser-iii-24-step-thru-electric-bike/

Drawing Tickets to win Bike



Thank you @practicalcycle, you really know how to #payitforward.

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 volunteer 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.

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 Creed

skycrest elementary thank you

I AM A PLAYMAKER

FAMILY

I am a Playmaker. I have been blessed with coaches who care about me, pour into me, coach me hard, and love me.  Someday I may be a Mom or Dad. I will be prepared to finish the job and pay-it-forward.  That is what a Playmaker does, and I am a Playmaker.  I will not tolerate bullying, speaking negatively about someone, or being unkind.  Team means family.

ACADEMICS

I am a vicarious learner, a reader, and I value education for my future.  I will give my best effort in the classroom and you will see me graduate because I value education.  I understand that values are “things that are important to me.”

SERVING OTHERS

I am being built to serve others.   It is my job to serve others in our community and make it better for others.  I am built for others.  I am cared for and am learning to care for others. That is part of my job. Caring for others is what makes our community better.

WINNING WITH HONOR

I am a Warrior/Poet, humble but confident.  I am strong yet kind.  That is what a Warrior/Poet is.  I am beautiful. God is proud of me, crafted me perfectly, and is not done with me.

My coaches have invested in me and I will pay-it-forward to others.  I am a Playmaker – standing tall, serving others, winning with honor, loving family and exceling in academics.

Download your copy of The Playmakers Creed here