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.

The Playmakers First Super Bowl Champion!

Jordan Richards has been a champion all his life.

From the time Jordan stepped into the classroom or on the field he was destined for great things.  The latest in his achievements is he is now a Super Bowl Champion.  In only his second year with the New England Patriots Jordan will have Super bowl ring alongside his Rose Bowl ring and Stanford degree.

Jordan Richards before being recruited by the New England Patriots in 2015.

Richards has been a Playmaker since his freshman year of high school when he showed up to talk to youth football Playmakers about character and serving others in the community.  Jordan has spoken to

Playmaker kids, purchased jerseys for “Jordan’s Playmakers” and seen to it that they have seen him play at Stanford and much more.

STANFORD, CA – Saturday, Sept. 3, 2010: Stanford defeated San Jose State 57-3 at Stanford Stadium.

Jordan’s signature on Playmakers extends now to recruiting Harrison Phillips, Stanford’s 6’3” 290 pound defensive tackle who has taken Jordan’s baton locally.  Phillips will soon join Jordan in the NFL.  Recruiting character athletes for mentoring younger kids is part of Playmakers “pay-it-forward” philosophy led by Richards.

Richards, Phillips and Playmaker Executive Director, Greg Roeszler are now in planning it’s 8th afterschool academy that will be in Palo Alto creating a permanent legacy of Jordan and Harrison at Stanford.  Jordan is leaving a lasting imprint on hundreds of at-risk kids through Playmakers.

To learn more about The Playmakers Organization, like us on Facebook.

For more information about our Character and Leadership Academy, visit ThePlaymakers.org or contact Coach Roz.

 

Sponsor Olsen-Fielding has started a trend

Olsen-Fielding Early Adaptors

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: coachroz@theplaymakers.org

Fifty Days of Summer Learning

50 days of summer learning increases grade-level skills — for Girls & Boys!

Summer of 2015: Students in the Playmakers Summer Reading Program challenged themselves, and our mentors were by their side every step of the way.

Summer Reading Volunteers 2015Our dedicated staff of volunteers, a group of Sacramento State Student Athletes spent time working directly with the children for 50 days in June & July. With our reading program software tracking, we found that these students improved from 3/10 to a full academic year in their reading skills. All of these students were behind in grade-level reading, and face a variety of learning challenges. We also found that girls comprised almost 50% of our summer learning program!

If would like to learn more about our Reading Program, you can call Coach Roz directly at 916-220-1284, or email CoachRoz@theplaymakers.org.

Playmakers Summer Football Camp 2015 Recap

sponsorHorzStripeThank you to the generous sponsors of our 2015 Summer Football Camp.

Porter Communications: Designed and provided promotional materials.

Douglas Taylor Photography: Provided photos to document event and post on website. You can see our gallery of The Playmakers Summer Football Camp 2015 here.

VSP: In their mobile eye care center at our event, every player was given a free eye exam and glasses if they were needed — at no cost to them or their family.

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Summer Reading and Mentoring

Our summer program this year began with 10 kids who are 4th and 5th graders. Their “primary” interest and our “leverage” is that they want to be high school football players.  They want to be “Lancers,” and that is a badge of honor in our community. The second part of this story is that there will be 10 to 15 high school Lancers that I coach, who will also be participating in the program.  Goals for our 8-week program include:

  • High school kids will be reading to and with elementary school kids. This may be the only reading that they do all summer. (Less than 40% of kids read at grade level when tested in the 3rd grade.)
  • We are modeling to young kids that reading is essential and cool. (Over 70% of kids will never be at grade level if they fall behind in 3rd grade.)
  • Creating accountability and a pay-it-forward plan that is a core value of Playmakers.

I see a community of kids, led by coaches, looking after one another and becoming uncommon young men of character.  To achieve that, the heavy lifting begins in a hot classroom in June with kids who just want to belong to something special.  That is Lancer Football, which is “leverage” used for a higher purpose than the game itself.

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, he can be reached at www.ThePlaymakers.org.

If you would like to volunteer during one of our Summer Reading programs, please contact Coach Roz at coachroz@theplaymakers.org