I.  We believe there is an inherent goodness in the game of basketball, as it takes every player placing the team’s needs ahead of their own to maximize a team’s potential.

II. We believe every player deserves to discover how to maximize their potential on the court and use what they love most—basketball—to positively impact their life off the court.

III. We believe every player and coach deserves to know how to have a fulfilling, rewarding career, even through disappointments, adversity, and the ups and downs of a season.

These beliefs are foundational to everything we teach at PGC.

the pgc way

SCHAPE is the thread that runs through anything and everything we do, and it’s been a part of PGC as long as there’s been a PGC—for 25 years now.

SCHAPE was the brainchild of our founder, Dick Devenzio, and it drives PGC’s approach and teachings, on the court and in the classroom.

Shape means to mold or form, the way a potter “shapes” clay into a pot or vase. At PGC, Dick enhanced the meaning, creating an acronym in which each letter stands for an essential aspect of championship performance.

SCHAPE suggests more than “to form,” but “to transform”— to uplift, to alter, or to change something to make it the best it can be.

The notion of SCHAPE-ing pervades everything that we do at PGC.

It’s not a fancy pep talk or another topic for a lecture: SCHAPE is the foundation for all of our courses and is the essence of Dick DeVenzio’s legacy. It’s both this legacy—and the SCHAPE philosophy—that make PGC so unique.


SCHAPE is much deeper than we can cover here, but here’s a brief overview:


Our passion and enthusiasm inspire coaches and athletes to get in touch with what they truly love about the game.


We communicate our values in everything that we say and do. Our creative vocabulary makes our teaching and communication memorable and effective.


We consistently look to do more than our share and more than expected.


Our actions align with our purpose. We are always conscious and consistent in our approach and rooted in our values.


We pay attention to the little things in all that we do, maintaining an unwavering commitment to excellence.


We continually look for ways to make our curriculum, staff, athletes, and coaches the very best they can be.