Playmakers Camp Teaches More Than Football

By: Jake Wasikowski
By: Jake Wasikowski

Building youth to lead and serve. That’s the name of the game with the Playmakers Youth Football Camp. Hundreds of kids got the chance to better their skills, but it goes way beyond throwing around the pigskin.

“This is the most unusual mentoring model that you’re going to find,” said Greg Roeszler with the Playmakers. “These are at-risk and fatherless youth kids that are out here for a football camp, but the bigger purpose is that we’ll assign these kids a high school mentor.”

Burke senior Tarius Morgan has already started to build a relationship with his mentee, Dorian, having spoken on the phone and trying to show him how to follow the positive influences.

“Yeah, I hope so. Try to teach him the right ways so he doesn’t go down the wrong path and all that,” Morgan said.

Only 11 years old, Morgan’s mentee Dorian found common ground with his mentor.

“He plays for Burke, he likes Black Ops,” Dorian said.

The mentors will build that relationship all year long. Former Husker running back Calvin Jones enjoys emphasizing what Playmakers is all about.

“One of them is character, one of them is giving back, another one is to be a team player,” Jones said. “Because a lot of times in our society nowadays with our youth and our kids, it’s a ‘me-first’ attitude.”

He hopes these kids will keep these lessons close to them and someday return the favor.

The Playmakers Football Camp was free to all the kids who were involved because of donations that were made. Two out of every five kids lives in homes without their biological father.

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