The Playmakers

Playmakers mentors youth and families in core values that include academics, family, serving others and winning with honor to build uncommon men and women in the community.

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Address:2795 East Bidwell, Suite 100
Folsom, CA 95630
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Youth Development 
Sub NTEE:Youth Development Programs 
Executive Director:Greg Roeszler
Primary Phone:916-671-9715
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 Playmakers - a non-profit organization designed to build leadership and character through sports and academics. Founded in 2009, Playmakers began as a summer football camp integrating football skills and character lessons. Now in its sixth year, Playmakers provides after school and summer reading programs to at risk youth and a Summer Football Academy for regional high schools. To date, Playmakers has touched the lives of more than 2,000 student athletes. The Playmaker Difference: The right coach/teacher, the right equipment, the right incentives = better performance.
A large percentage of youth considered to be at-risk are enrolled in public schools receiving Title 1 funds. 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. In California, according to data from the California Department of Education and National Institute on Education:
• Approximately 3.2 million public elementary school students enrolled in grades 1-6 live in poverty
• 5,802 elementary schools in 531 districts are designated as Title 1
• Over 60% receive Title 1 funds
• Approximately 48% are designated as Title 1 School wide - 40% or more of the school population at poverty level

Many schools in the Sacramento Region share these statistics. 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.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding is needed for operating expenses.
  2. Funding: Program - Funding is needed for program expenses.
  3. Volunteers - Volinteers are needed for interactive classroom visits, materials sorting, and helping with field trips.
  4. Board Members - Playmakers seeks community members who can commit time, talent, and treasure to the organization's mission.
  5. In-Kind Donations - Donations of field trip transportation, sports equipment, and sporting event tickets are greatly appreciated.
Playmakers changes lives through mentoring relationships that create lifelong relationships. Through caring and motivated mentors, our kids are given opportunities and learnings that create leadership and character foundations. Our inspiring methodology brings sports, education and character into a team environment that attracts the most needy and enthusiastic kids. The program is supported by school and district administrators who applaud our approach.