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:
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.
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
The rain let up and the sky cleared for the Saturday night football game at Sacramento State on October 29, 2016.
Young Playmakers from 3 area schools and their families were treated to a FREE football game with VIP treatment. They were able to greet the players as they entered the field, and greet them after the game. thank you to all the volunteers who made this evening possible and helped with the half-time barbeque.
Our after-school academic programs are now affecting students on 5 campuses in the Sacramento Region.
Download our brochure to learn more about the Leadership and Character Development Academy lessons that are accelerating grade level reading skills and reducing the achievement gap for students at risk of falling behind.
We are celebrating the Sponsors who are support our after-school programs, and the Playmaker Stars who make our program shine. Tickets are available at the door, click here for dinner details.
Celebrity Guest Craig Penrose
Craig R. Penrose is a former professional American football quarterback. He spent five seasons in the National Football League with the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets and 2 seasons with the United States Football League’s Denver Gold.
Celebrity Jody Sears
Jody Sears became the 10th head football coach in Sacramento State history when he was named the head football coach on April 25, 2014. The elevation came just months after Sears was hired as the Hornets’ defensive coordinator in the spring of 2014.
Stanford Football Celebrity Harrison Phillips
Harrison splits his time off the field between Sacramento and Omaha, NE mentoring the youth in our after-school programs.
Playmaker Guillermo Barba
A volunteer at our Cordova Meadows after-school program, has won the Volunteer of the Year Award from Molina Health Care! We nominated him because he is the hardest working young man we know. Still in high school, he volunteers with us, and works with his folks at night. Guillermo will received his community service award at a special Molina Dinner on April 19. He is a valuable asset to our program, and a young man of great character, Congratulations Guillermo!
The civic groups in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova are generous partners, helping to fund our after-school literacy programs. We would especially like to thank the Sacramento Optimists who are teaming up with us for our annual Tri Tip Dinner where we showcase our literacy program.
You are invited to learn more about The Playmakers Organization by visiting our website: www.theplaymakers.org. You can still purchase tickets for our Tri Tip Dinner on Saturday, April 30, where you can meet and hear from our greatest supporters – former NFL’ers, our program coaches, and the Lil’ Pups who are benefiting the most with improved reading skills!
At the end of April, The Playmakers Organization will be hosting a Tri Tip Dinner at Divine Savior Church in Orangevale.
The festivities kick-off at 6:00pm. There will be stations where you can learn more about what our students are doing after-school four days a week, and you can meet the coaches who mentor them.
Also in attendance will be our sponsors, supporters and friends who together have helped us grow our After-School Literacy Program to 4 schools in the Sacramento area and a new location in Omaha, NE.
We have confirmed two featured speakers: Harrison Phillips and Jody Sears. Harrison Phillips is mentoring students in California when he is attending Stanford, and in Omaha on his school breaks. Jody Sears is the Sac State Hornets Head Coach, and he is supporting his team players who have chosen to work as a coach with our Lil’ Pups.
The day that Curt Olsen came to our campus and saw kids sitting on the floor learning to read was all it took. Playmakers had just researched a cloud based reading program that required software and chrome books but did not have the financial resources to launch the beta test. Our goal was to improve kids reading grade levels (in a volunteer program) during the summer. LOFTY GOAL!!
Curt Olsen committed the funding to kick off the summer reading program that yielded the data that proved kids can and will learn to read over the summer.With that data, Playmakers has secured a grant from the City of Rancho Cordova funding 3 more schools for 12 months. This means 100+ at risk kids reading and involved in sports and exercise.
This reading lab (along with Curt) was showcased to Jim McGrann (Global CEO of Vision Service Plan) and Jim saw the vision and results of Playmakers and corporate involvement. Curt Olsen (and the team at Olsen-Felding) jump started Playmakers after-school program.
We are proud to partner with Curt and Olsen-Fielding as they are assisting us in creating “uncommon youth.”
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to learn more, you can call him directly at 916-220-1284. To contact Coach Roz by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org