What a month for our organization as we restart operations of our programs around the nation. October has included recognition from the NFL, future fundraising events in place, and new sources in which Playmakers teaches values on character and leadership.
On October 10, more than 200 families with Buffalo Playmaker Pups were treated to a drive-in movie event planned by our Buffalo administration and our NFL Playmaker, Harrison Phillips. Harrison appeared via Zoom on the movie screen to welcome the Playmakers Pups consisting of at-risk youth and children with developmental disabilities. The event also had a donation drive for foster kids, a dance party, and demonstrations from Buffalo police and fire departments.
Harrison's efforts to make a difference in the Buffalo community was noticed by the NFL Players Association and he ultimately was named Week 5 Community MVP. The NFL Playmakers Association created and donated funds to a Pledge It page where others can donate to our organization and be a Playmaker alongside Harrison. All proceeds will go towards our newly formed sports camps around the nation for at-risk youth and children with developmental differences to come together to play inclusive sports. They will learn Playmaker values of family, academics, serving others, and winning with honor through our program.
With the success of the Buffalo drive-in movie event, our Sacramento Playmaker Pups will be invited to a movie night in Folsom as we safely come back together as an organization on November 14. We thank our partners Asher College in Sacramento and the NFL Players Association for supporting this event.
On October 14, the Folsom Telegraph published an article on our Founder and CEO, Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler’s third book on coaching coaches to build character and leadership to their young athletes. Other books authored by Coach Roz include “Coaching for a Bigger Win: A Playbook for Coaches” which was released in 2015. The following year, Roeszler's second book “Coaching Character an
d Leadership: A Playbook for Parents” was released. Roz's third book, named “Beyond Coaching: Building Character and Leadership” also has Harrison Phillips as a co-author. A free copy of the book can be obtained here that will be autographed by Harrison Phillips and Coach Roz. We thank our partner Chicago Fire Pizza for presenting the book launch on our social media channels of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Click the hyperlinks to be directed to our pages.
Coach Roz and Phil Darke, co-host of How Soccer Explains Leadership Podcast, have begun a new podcast called Coaching Character. Similar to Roz’s book, coaches and even business leaders anywhere can listen to spread character values under their guidance. The podcast will soon be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify other podcast platforms to be available to subscribers. Please follow our social media channels to receive updates on our release date.
Our biggest news from October is the announcement of our golf tournament that will occur on July 12 at Rancho Murieta Country Club-North Course. More information will be available here on our LinkedIn page and our social media channels. We invite you and your business to come together to honor past Sacramento greats and support our programs that make a difference around the nation.
Once a Playmaker. Always a Playmaker.