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.

Playmakers Coach Anthony in the news!

Coaching Kids for Success in the Sacramento Region

Jun 27, 2017 04:43PM, Published by Style, Categories: Today, Community

Anthony is a great guy who has given our organization much of himself. I am so proud of him. He is going to do even more great things for kids in his new position.

Playmakers in the news, Published by Style Magazine – Folsom, El Dorado Hills

http://www.stylefedh.com/2017/06/27/147871/coaching-kids-for-success-in-the-sacramento-region

#winningwithhonor #playmakersacademy #coachingcharacter

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.

Leaving to Pay-It-Forward – Always a Playmaker

Anthony Viveiros is just an Uncommon Man.

I met Anthony 3 years ago as he applied for our summer part time position working with our Playmaker kids.  Anthony was a center on the Sac State football team and an honor student.  Anthony pioneered our summer reading program working with kids and the Optimists at Howe Avenue School in 100 degree weather.

Anthony Viveiros

Over the three years he has been with us, Anthony’s responsibilities increased to Director of Coaches and he has recruited our outstanding coaching staff of today.  He has been instrumental in the development and writing of our curriculum and much more.  Anthony has spoken to numerous civic groups and sat in on many meetings regarding the well being of our kids and program.

You can see Anthony here introducing our coaching staff at the Annual Playmakers Tri Tip Dinner.

Alec Romero

Anthony is now leaving to accept a career position with Elk Grove Parks and Recreation and will do an outstanding job.  He will bring much to that organization and to many kids.  He leaves his position with us in good hands with Alec Romero.  Alec is with us for his third year and is taking on the responsibility of marketing and some grant research and more.  Alec is on a fast track to graduation and working with Playmakers full time.

Anthony will be missed, he now becomes part of our community on a permanent basis.  He makes our community better and we can’t wait to see all the great thing he will do.  Anthony does not leave us as you are “always a Playmaker.”  It has been fun watching you grow and mature into a great man of character.

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.

 

Thank you to the coaches who are the heart of our academic program

Our academy coaches are paying it forward.

On Saturday, April 29, we celebrated the hard work of our trained coaches. For our sponsors who have not had a chance to visit our program, it was an opportunity to meet these hard-working college students.

They show up and lead by example. They teach our Playmakers in training what it means to love, live a life of purpose, and to have the self confidence to achieve their goals. These adults of upstanding character are paying it forward, and they are the heart of The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy.

What differentiates the Playmakers after school program is the integration of reading and character modules into our sports and recreation program. Our vision is to be the standard in after-school programs. Our instructors (“coaches”) are high-school and university student athletes who are recommended by their coaches and peers. As coaches they create motivation through inspiration and incentives for participants (VIP attendance at a college game, for example).

“Good human-relations skills have the ability to change people from managing others to leading others.” John Rampey

The Playmakers is a youth mentoring non-profit organization which uses sports to motivate at-risk youth to improve reading skills, grades, behavior and becoming more accountable individuals overall (character growth). Playmakers educates youth and supporting family members in core values of Academics, Serving Others, and Competing with Honor.

If you would like to learn more about The Playmakers, you can follow our blog here.