Playmakers Summer Academy Barbecue Picnic

Join Playmakers for a BBQ picnic at Journey Church

The Playmakers will be cooking’ and our young Playmakers have put together a talent show. You are invited to come and learn more about our Summer Academy and help us give thanks to Journey Church for the space to host our summer program.

WHERE:
Journey
Presbyterian Church (click for directions)
FUN STUFF: Playmaker Talent Show
MENU:
Tri Tip, (all you can hold) Beans, Potato Salad, Dessert
TICKETS: $14.00 each
RSVP: Coach Roz at 916 220-1284

Tickets



Summer Camp and Youth Football Clinic 2018

Coming June 30, 2018: The El Camino Sports Academy 2018 Youth Football Clinic

Saturday June 30th
@ El Camino High School
8:30am-12:30pm

Get all the details here!

This is a free clinic offered to all Sacramento youth looking to build safe, fun, and effective football skills while also learning the importance of playing with character, integrity, and good sportsmanship.

The Playmakers Summer Academy is going on now through August 3.

Signup for one week or multiple weeks, based on availability.

Each week will bring fun with a focus on coaching character, leadership and teamwork. Our Character and Leadership Summer Academy is open to boys and girls, ages 8 to 12.

PLEASE CALL COACH (916) 220-1284 FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

Where:

Journey Church
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact Coach to reserve your spot today!

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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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Three ways to give to The Playmakers

Our after-school and Summer Academy leadership programs teach character skills by applying values such as doing the right thing when no one is looking and working together as a team.

You can be a part of changing lives with a donation or by volunteering.

Annual Tri-Tip Dinner

Did you get your tickets yet? 

playmakers tri tip dinnerWhen you purchase 2 dinner tickets, you will receive One Complimentary Raffle Ticket to win this Pedgo Comfort Cruiser. You do not have to attend the dinner to enter to win for this item – tickets are available here.

The winner of the Pedego Bike will be announced in May.

 

Big Day of Giving 2018 is May 3!

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Our goal is to support 3rd – 5th grade students who experience gaps in learning and may have behavioral challenges in the classroom. You can #bethechange with a donation on Big Day of Giving May 3!

 

 

Volunteer!

We are always looking for more team members who want to help. We hire college students through internship programs, or you can fill out a volunteer form if you have something you would like to share with the kids.

Featured Silent Auction Item: Pajaro Dunes Condo Getaway

At our Tri-Tip Dinner on April 28, you can bid on this beautiful resort getaway!

Details:

Shore Bird 52, A Pajaro Dunes Condominium

3 nights Beachside Accommodations on the Beach overlooking Monterey Bay!

$1200.00 value  *subject to availability, contact us for details.

Nestled along the Monterey Bay is one of the most scenic stretches of California’s central coastline. Spanning 1 1/2 miles of pristine beach, Pajaro Dunes Resort is a secluded, gated community featuring a collection of beautiful beachfront houses, townhomes, and condominiums architected to blend harmoniously with the gently rolling, natural ocean side landscape — available for vacation rentals, conferences and real estate sales. Pajaro Dunes Resort is located at 105 Shell Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076 — just west of Watsonville, south of Santa Cruz, and north of Monterery/Carmel.

If you would like to check out the amenities: pajarodunes.com

To redeem and schedule your stay, contact Dave & Lynn Bell at 916.817.1717 or email bell.lynn@gmail.com.

 

Flag Football Saturdays at Skycrest and Woodland Prairie

In February, we held Flag Football Saturday and had a terrific turn-out of Parents and Players.

Parents were excited to see their kids play, and everyone had a great time! More recreational events are being planned at all our sites. If you would like to volunteer to coach the kids or bring pizza, we welcome you to be a part of The Playmakers Team.

Thank you to Coach Alec who arranged Flag Football Saturdays!

In February, we held a Flag Football Saturday game at Skycrest Elementary and Woodland Prairie Elementary. The kids had a lot of fun and we had a great parent turn-out. In the video, the group is thanking Harrison Phillips and Jordan Richards – their NFL mentors – for their contributions to our program.

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The Playmakers is so grateful for the blessings that have allowed us to continue our mission to help kids in under-served communities.

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Dear Friends of Playmakers:
It has been a busy year and we want to update you on the growth of our program. 2017 has brought us many blessings, and we are proud of the accomplishments that are allowing us to fulfill our mission of affecting young lives through Academics, Character & Leadership and Fitness.

  • Summer Camp at Oak Hills Church.
  • 10-12 trained Coaches mentoring our students.
  • 100 students currently being served during the school year; additional students are served at our Summer Academies.
  • Increased support from local Civic Groups: We could not do what we do without the fine Rotarians, Optimists and Lions in our community.
  • Development of a formal curriculum.

Touching stories from school staff and parents, of changes they have seen in the classroom and at home, are filling our hearts with pride. We don’t call ourselves an anti-bullying program – but we are changing the mindset of young people, coaching them to increase their self-confidence to overcome daily challenges. The acts of kindness stories we are witnessing and hearing tells us our program is touching young lives and The Playmakers pay-it-forward culture is spreading.

As our program evolves, we believe that we are positioned to accelerate our services to many more kids in our area. We are asking for your help which can truly make a difference to the young Playmaker you sponsor. Here are some examples of what your money can buy over the course of one year.

  • $15.00/month: Sponsor classroom materials for our academics portion of the program
  • $25.00/month: Sponsor field trip transportation
  • $35.00/month: Sponsor two young Playmakers
  • $50.00/month: Sponsor the expansion of services to a fifth elementary school in 2018

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If you can’t give today, do you know someone with a heart for helping kids? Are you connected to a business that might sponsor an educational field trip? We are looking for caring people who would like to make a difference. Contact Coach Roz at 916-220-1284 or ThePlaymakers.org, or download our donation form here.

May you have a Merry Holiday and a Blessed New Year!
Sincerely,
Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler

A small gift can make a big difference for these students

Give Warmth to a Playmakers Student

When you sign up to donate monthly (no minimum!), we will gift a Playmakers Student a pair of gloves!

Every contribution, big or small, gives us the ability to continue our mission of helping at-risk students in under-served communities. For our students, a pair of gloves can make life just a little more comfortable when walking to school or going outside for fitness activities.

One of our Character components teaches students to give back to their communities. Your support becomes an investment in the community – changing the culture on the school campus, and at home.

donate a helping handHow to give:

Download our donation form to setup a small monthly draft. We suggest $25-35/month which helps us keep the lights on and provide coaching for the students.

 

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.

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.”

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 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.