Why did Coach Roz create The Playmakers Organization?

To understand why Coach Roz created an organization to help disadvantaged kids, you just need to meet him.

While coaching varsity football at Sacramento’s Encina High School, former NFL player Greg Roeszler, discovered a disturbing fact – that one of his student athletes was sleeping in his car to avoid returning to a troubled home.

Digging deeper with his team revealed that the majority of his players faced daily struggles to survive and were surrounded by crime, gangs, violence, drugs and alcohol. Believing that coaches hold a key to building skills beyond the field, Roeszler founded The Playmakers – a non-profit organization designed to build leadership and character through sports and academics.

Founded in 2009, The Playmakers began as a summer football camp integrating football skills and character lessons. Now, after 8 years, Playmakers has evolved to provide after school and summer reading programs for at-risk youth, and an annual Summer Football Academy for regional high schools. To date, Playmakers has touched the lives of more than 2,000 students and athletes. The vision for the future is to expand to more elementary schools and spread The Playmakers curriculum on a national scale. Every city and every school district has a need to reduce bullying and class behavior incidents.

You can read Playmaker Stories that are showing us evidence that building character, self-confidence and leadership gives young students tools to diffuse difficult situations, think of others, and to know when to ask for help.

THE PLAYMAKER DIFFERENCE: The right coach/teacher, the right equipment, the right incentives = better performance

Coach Roz had written some tips for parents who would like to coach leadership and character skills within their family.

Coaching Character and Leadership – A NEW Playbook for Parents from Coach Roz

Contact Coach Roz below if you would like to learn more about how you can become involved with helping lost kids.

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