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.
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.
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.
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.