Harrison’s Playmakers: First Stop Buffalo, NY

May 4, 2019:

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:

Bornhava, and early childhood center for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Special Olympics

City of Buffalo Youth Recreation Centers

Thank you to the Buffalo Bills team members and the volunteers who paid-it-forward on their day off and made this an extra-special day for the kids.

Playmakers made the news in Buffalo!

Questions? Would you like to get involved? Contact us below!

Contact Coach Roz


What it means to sponsor a Playmaker

Kristen Garl is adopting some Lil’ Pups

sponsor a playmaker lil pupRunning her campaign for Carmichael Honorary Mayor means fundraising. The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce is the primary organization to receive the funds raised, and Kristen chose The Playmakers as the Non-Profit who will share in a portion of the money raised.

Thank you Kristen, for paying it forward and sponsoring our Lil’ Pups. You are a true Playmaker, a person of outstanding character doing the right thing for your community. We wish you the best of luck in your campaign!

These funds will help us make a difference in a few kid’s lives. A big difference.

When you donate to Playmakers programs, you help change the lives of kids who may be lost and overlooked at home. The Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy has three core components to empower young persons with tools to overcome life’s challenges and change their perspective on their future.

A little more about Kristen and her Carmichael Honorary Mayor campaign

Express hope. Create dreams.
My name is Kristen Garl. I am humbled and honored to be running for Honorary Mayor of Carmichael. My goal is to express hope and create dreams among the youth, residents, businesses, and visitors of Carmichael by supporting decisions that positively impact the community.

Why Carmichael? Although I am not a resident, I am a businesswoman supporting Carmichael. As General Manager of Express Employment Professionals – Northeast Sacramento office, our territory encompasses Carmichael. Each day, I interact with job seekers, businesses, schools and services that impact Carmichael’s economy. Specifically, I enjoy volunteering as Principal of the Day and teaching employment readiness topics within San Juan Unified School District. My office was recognized as a Most Valued Partner by San Juan Unified School District in June 2018.    Beyond our standard process, I am strategically working on a proposal to connect local employers with SJUSD  Career Technical Education (CTE) graduates to overcome a portion of the trade skills gap in the NE Sacramento  area.

Follow ​Kristen Garl’s campaign for Carmichael Honorary Mayor 2019!

Express hope and create dreams.

@KG4CHM2019 #coachingcharacter #teamplaymakers

Attend one of the fundraising events being held, and you can make a donation. A donation of $1 equals 1 vote, so please support her campaign and The Playmakers.

At 4 elementary school campuses, our after school program provides trained mentors for 3-5th grade students. Our college-aged mentors teach The Playmakers curriculum for 90 minutes each day. Academics, Character and Leadership Coaching, and fun recreational activities where the students practice teamwork and what it means to win with honor in the classroom and on the playground.

Contact us if you have questions or would like to help. We appreciate volunteers!

Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor

Express Hope. Create Dreams.

Kristen’s has chosen to help The Playmakers as she has seen first-hand how our program is impacting the lives of children, teaching them core values that will help them make positive choices and think of others before themselves. We are very grateful for her pay-it-forward commitment and being a positive role model in our community. You can read more about Kristen’s goals and values on the Carmichael Chamber website.

One dollar = One Vote

You can help Kristen’s Campaign by attending any of our upcoming events in the next two months. The candidate with the most votes by November election wins!!! Every $1 raised = 1 vote for Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor 2019.

Friends of The Playmakers are invited to join us with Kristen for fun and networking:

Wed, Sept 19, 5:30pm, Mayoral Mingle

A Carmichael Chamber event at Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Road.

Sat,, Oct 6, 10am – 2pm

Car Show at Milagro Centre parking lot, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, 95608. See the cars and meet the racing teams. $1/autograph. Raffle

Fri, Nov 2, 7pm – 9pm

Sock Hop at The Patriot Event Center inside Milagro Centre, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, 95608. 50’s Style Family Event, Raffles.

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“I have chosen to support The Playmakers because I believe in their mission supporting disadvantaged kids through Coaching Character, Winning with Honor, and Pay It Forward core principles. I believe investing in this program supports local youth by providing a structure for them to grow into a person of character who contributes to their community.”

Patriot Event Center at Milagro – First kickoff of the year!

6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA 95608

Falcons vs Eagles, Thursday, September 6 at 5:20pm!

We invite you to join with with Kristen’s campaign supporters to cheer on the 1st regular season NFL game. This fundraiser to benefit the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce & The Playmakers. Doors open at 4:30pm.

• Represent your NFL team

• Big screens

• Ticket includes 1 drink

• Bid on raffle prizes

• Meet local NFL affiliated community members

• Cash bar and cash menu provided by Broderick Roadhouse

#KG4CHM2019 #payitforward #teamplaymakers

No refunds. Donations made to Carmichael Chamber of Commerce Tax ID 94-1227126 on behalf of Kristen Garl for Carmichael Honorary Mayor Campaign.

Kristen is the General Manager of Express Employment Professionals. She is community-minded, and believes in The Playmakers Creed: Coaching Character, Winning with Honor and Pay It Forward principles. Thank you Kristen, we look forward to a successful campaign.

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

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.



Journey Church
450 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact Coach to reserve your spot today!

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Character-Based Summer Camp Visitors

The kids had a blast when the Folsom Police Department visited The Playmakers Summer Camp.

Thank you to Sergeant Lou Wright and Officer Jeff Hedgepeth for visiting our Summer Academy on June 29th. Our kids were treated to an informational and FUN event where they learned about safety, and were able to meet (and pet) a K9 officer. The officers were impressed with the insightful questions asked by our young Playmakers. We are so pleased to be strengthening our relationship with law enforcement and giving kids an “inside view” of how the Sheriff’s server our community.

This visit was made possible by Board Member Bill Hutto and his coordination with the Folsom Police Department.

The kids had lots of questions for the officers and got and up-close introduction to their K9 officer. Click to see the video!!! 

Young people need peer support, not peer conflict.

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The Playmakers has a mission to empower today’s youth to be the change in themselves, their families and their communities. Through mentoring and coaching character development, our young Playmakers learn what it means to be part of a team and have a pay-it-forward attitude in life. We mentor youth who are struggling with issues on the playground or academics. Our coaching 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 can occur.


Driven by his passion for helping lost kids, The Playmakers Executive Director Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is paying it forward and forming Playmakers Communities in the Sacramento, CA, Buffalo, NY and Omaha, NE. If you would like to learn more how you can help, we invite you to contact us and volunteer at our next event.

Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents. You can see more on Amazon here.



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 Creed

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I am a Playmaker. I have been blessed with coaches who care about me, pour into me, coach me hard, and love me.  Someday I may be a Mom or Dad. I will be prepared to finish the job and pay-it-forward.  That is what a Playmaker does, and I am a Playmaker.  I will not tolerate bullying, speaking negatively about someone, or being unkind.  Team means family.


I am a vicarious learner, a reader, and I value education for my future.  I will give my best effort in the classroom and you will see me graduate because I value education.  I understand that values are “things that are important to me.”


I am being built to serve others.   It is my job to serve others in our community and make it better for others.  I am built for others.  I am cared for and am learning to care for others. That is part of my job. Caring for others is what makes our community better.


I am a Warrior/Poet, humble but confident.  I am strong yet kind.  That is what a Warrior/Poet is.  I am beautiful. God is proud of me, crafted me perfectly, and is not done with me.

My coaches have invested in me and I will pay-it-forward to others.  I am a Playmaker – standing tall, serving others, winning with honor, loving family and exceling in academics.

Download your copy of The Playmakers Creed here

Coaching Character, Winning with Honor, and Paying It Forward are our core principles to empower & strengthen youths and their family relationships. Learn more here or contact Coach Roz below.

Contact Coach Roz

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.

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.

Young Playmakers compete and learn about winning with honor.

Rancho Cordova, May 2017

The First Annual Playmakers Olympics, held at River City Christian Church in Rancho Cordova, was a great way for our Playmakers students to use the teamwork skills they have been learning. Playmaker Parents and Coaches cheered from the sidelines while Playmaker students from 6 schools competed at this end-of-school-year celebration.

Coaching Character and Winning with Honor are key components to our Playmakers Academy curriculum. You are invited to visit our program and see how our coaches are working with the students in the three areas of Academics, Fitness and Character and Leadership. One student shares her feelings about being part of The Playmakers Academy.

You hear what parents are saying about our program here.


Playmakers Olympics 2017

Our First Playmakers Olympics

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm

Location: River City Church in Rancho Cordova  Map it

This will be our first annual Playmaker Olympics! This will be a FREE event to all Playmaker students as well as families. We invite you to watch as our young Playmakers show us teamwork and how to win with honor.

  • Watch Playmakers compete in individual events for their specific campus.
  • Enjoy some hot dogs and drinks!

We will have roughly 25 participants from each school:

  • Cordova Villa
  • Cordova Meadows
  • White Rock Elementary
  • Blanche Sprentz
  • Prairie Elementary
  • Northridge Elementary
  • Skycrest Elementary

Olympics Events:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Relays
  • Tug a war
  • Football Routes
  • Trivia

Event Day Schedule

11:00am -12:00pm Playmakers arrive

Have the kids have some free time to loosen up and get ready. This will help socialize with other Playmakers. Coaches will get to walk around and greet other schools. This will help make the kids more comfortable not only with their coach, but also other coaches. Reinforce our FAMILY values.

12:15pm: Playmakers Stretch

Stretch lines. Every coach is responsible to have his or her own school ready to compete. Make sure your kids know this is a competition, but we must display good Character and Sportsmanship at all times. Coaches remember we will be asking students to shout out our Character Curriculum.

12:30pm: Coaches introduction

We will group up all the Playmakers and have a guest speaker talk to the student (ex: Pastor, Coach Roz & etc).

Coach Anthony goes over all the rules and the standards we will be holding

12:45pm: Event #1 — Soccer Tournament

There will be 3 games going on at once with small goals. Each team will consist of 5 players, three boys and two girls. There can be more girls than that, but teams cannot have more than 3 boys. The game will consist of two 10-minute halves with running clocks. There will also be a five-minute break in between the halves.

Soccer Rules and Scoring

Only the 3 winners of the games will earn points for their team. The team that had the most goals scored will earn 3 points for their team. The second team with the most points will earn 2 points for their team. The 3rd team that won will earn 1 point for their school. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point. Ties will be decided by penalty kicks.

1:15pm: Event #2 — Tug a War

Same rules as soccer, this is for boys and girls. 3 boys and 2 girls at least. We will have one rope and take turns going, this will be a short event. First place will earn 3 points for their school. Second place will earn 2 points for their school, and Third place will earn 1 point for their team. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point.

1:45pm: Event #3 — Football Routes

3 Playmakers from each campus will participate in this event (2 Boys max).  The routes ran would be the corner, post, slant, and seam. We can have 4 coaches throwing at the kids in each different pass. If the kid catches the ball, they get one point for this event. Every kid gets 3 tries at each route. The school with the most catches combined will get 3 points for their school, second place gets 2 points, and third place gets 1 point.

2:00pm: Event #4 — Free throw competition

One boy and one girl will represent each school. Each kid will get 30 seconds to try to make as many free throws as possible. Both scores will be added to come with a school grand total. Once again, the team with the most points will get 3 points for their team, second place 2 points, and third place will get 1 point. The school that decides to not participate in this event will automatically get 1 point.


Eggs toss game.

-First place 3 points for their team

-Second place 2 points for their team

-Third place 1 point for their team

2:30pm: Event #5 — Character Trivia

Jeopardy game. Have 1 boy and 1 girl represent each school. Two separate games, one for boys and the other for girls. This will give us a chance to incorporate the kids who do not like playing sports as much as others.

1st place boy- 3 points for their school

2nd place boy- 2 points for their school

3rd place boy- 1 point for their school

1st place girl- 3 points for their school

2nd place girl- 2 points for their school

3rd place girl- 1 point for their school

The school to sit this event out will get 2 points, one for the girls trivia and the other for the boys trivia.

Note: A school may earn up to 6 points if both, their boy and girl win this event. This should be our biggest event because this is what the program is all about. All coaches must be engaged and energetic.

3:15pm: Event 6 — Three Legged Races

For this event each school has two in the event both coed. Scoring will be the same as trivia. We will have two different races, one for boys and the other for girls.

3:30pm: Event 7 — Relay Races

1st Leg must sprint 100 yards

2nd Leg must do 15 jumping jacks before running 50 yards

3rd Leg must spin 10 times before running

4th Leg must do 10 push ups before running

5th Leg 10 squats before running

6th Leg sprint 100 yards

Coaches must use three girls and three boys for this event. We need to use our integrity to make sure all our kids do jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and spins correctly

3:45, Presentation of the trophy and close up.

Third place will get a cookie party and movie

Second place ice cream party and movie

First place Pizza Party and Movie

4:00- 4:30 BBQ and head home