The Playmakers

The Playmakers goal is to empower and educate through Character & Leadership Development, Academics & Literacy, and Team Activities. Our program serves boys and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic and social challenges. Through our after-school mentoring and coaching, we empower our students to accomplish more than they ever thought was possible, and to do the right thing even when no one is looking. We will foster a Pay It Forward mindset and inclusion for all students.

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Address: 2795 East Bidwell, Suite 100
Folsom, CA 95630
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Greg Roeszler
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-220-1284
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 coaching the core values of leadership and character, teamwork and fitness and building academics. Founded in 2009, Playmakers began as a summer football camp integrating football skills and character lessons. Now in its seventh year, Playmakers provides after school and summer academy programs to at-risk youth in the Sacramento Region. Coach Roz still runs a Summer Football Academy for regional high schools. To date, Playmakers has touched the lives of more than 2,000 student-athletes. Playmakers alumni include a Pastor, Chief Petty Officer, NFL player, and a Stanford football player.
The Playmakers serves boys and girls in under-served communities with academic and social challenges. There is a large percentage of youth considered to be at-risk are enrolled in public elementary schools receiving Title 1 funds, and our goal is to support students in grades 3-5 who experience gaps in learning and may have behavioral challenges. Our after-school and summer academy programs teach character skills by applying values such as doing the right thing when no one is looking and working together as a team. After attending The Playmakers program for just a few months, teachers and principals report that these students have improved attitudes and behavior in the classroom and less problems on the playground. We empower kids to discover they can accomplish more than they ever thought was possible.

Our goal is to change children's lives through coaching, mentoring and encouraging them to think for themselves and about their future. We introduce youth to volunteerism and giving back to their communities. Every donation helps us continue with our mission. Our program is free to attend, but we do have waiting lists at each location and we are eager to serve more students. We also want to grow our Summer Academy to affect more students during the school break with continuous learning.
Title 1 is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to students living in high areas of poverty. Title 1 reaches about 12.5 million students nationwide, 65% of which are grades 1-6. Playmakers serves Title 1 schools, as well as schools that may not meet the poverty level, but have enrolled students who would benefit significantly from the behavior and leadership-building exercises of our after-school programs. It is also important to note that our summer programs keep students engaged and reduce the achievement gap for these at-risk students.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding is needed for operating expenses.
  2. Funding: Program - Funding is needed for program expenses: Trained Coaches, 20-1 ratio
  3. Volunteers - Volunteers are needed for interactive classroom visits, fitness drills, and chaperoning field trips.
  4. Board Members - The Playmakers seeks community members who have a heart for helping kids, and can commit time, talent, and/or treasure to the organization's mission.
  5. In-Kind Donations - Donations of field trip transportation & activities, sports equipment, and sporting event tickets are greatly appreciated.
"To watch our students grow and blossom into young adults who want to make a difference for themselves and others is a wonderful thing. 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. Our program is supported by school and district administrators who are responding with great enthusiasm. Playmakers Coaches (typically a college student) assist the students to increase their reading levels along with getting active out on the field, making sure to include everyone. Our boys and girls with academic and other challenges also learn about character - doing the right thing when no one is looking. Playmakers' goal is to foster self-esteem in their young lives and build a pay-it-forward mentality with volunteerism in the community, and character building which has led to many acts of kindness and improved classroom skills." Coach Roz Executive Director The Playmakers