When I went to PGC, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
When I left, I was changed. I felt different.
I attended the 5-day Point Guard College course between my 10th and 11th-grade year. I was greeted with smiling faces and incredible energy.
I was encouraged to experiment and to fail. To view basketball through a different lens. And it all started with the approach. We were ushered into a classroom session, immediately followed by a gym session. The staff quickly set the standard for the week.
We did this three times a day for four-days straight. I loved being around other driven athletes. I loved being the first to lace up my shoes after jogging to the gym.
I loved learning what works, what doesn’t, and then applying the learnings to my own game. Every day, I found new motivation and energy to work on my game.
The lessons I learned at PGC have directly applied to a basketball situation I’m currently facing.
In the biggest game of my collegiate career, I destroyed my knee in a freak accident during warmups.
I tore my ACL and Meniscus after slipping on the floor. It was my first game in front of friends and family in my collegiate career.
I felt devastated and confused. “Why is this happening to me?” I thought. I’d been training so hard for this moment, and boom, it was taken from me in an instant.
That was a hard pill to swallow. And I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t been one of the hardest times of my life.
If I hadn’t attended a PGC course, I probably would have handled this much differently. I remember learning how, it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond that’s most important. And I’ve been reminding myself of that on a daily basis.
With my season over, I was left with one question: “How do I contribute even while not being able to play?”
Even though I tore my ACL in that game, I was proud of how I responded. I was sitting behind the bench, cheering louder than ever before. I was giving more reminders. And I wouldn’t allow my physical state to make me a poor teammate in that moment.
Days later, I went to the weight room on crutches and attacked my rehab with surgical precision. I set weekly goals, asked for accountability in my progress, and measured my improvement.
PGC emphasizes being the best and raising standards for the type of response you have after mistakes and setbacks.
PGC taught me the importance of approach. Instead of allowing the unknown of my current situation to get me down, I did the opposite. I raised my standards.
Rather than resenting the cards I was dealt, I was grateful for them. I have learned so much through this process and wouldn’t change a thing if I could.
PGC was not only my favorite basketball experience, but it was the most transformational week of my life.
I found new ways to view life and the adversity of my current situation.
I am a proud PGC Grad. I’ve attended and worked many camps for the organization. I am beyond grateful for my time spent at PGC.
Excellence has been instilled into my game and life.
That’s my PGC story,
Coach Story | Chris Guandalini
I still can’t figure out who recommended PGC to me after my junior year of high school, but I am very thankful they did. I wish I knew about it a season or two earlier.
Athlete Story | April Boldman
I’ve been coaching in some capacity (various sports and levels) since 1996 and have been teaching and coaching since 2005. I was drawn to PGC because of the culture. The basketball stuff is amazing, but it’s the leadership and mentality training that’s truly impacted my life (and those around me).
Athlete Story | David Dean
A week or two later, I was back at PGC, back in this other world of basketball positivity. I remember Dena Evans’ talk on mental toughness. I remember all this deep wisdom about controlling momentum in games.
PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.