We all want our kids to thrive and be successful in everything they do.
No parent, teacher, or coach wants to see their kids fail.
So, how do you know if you’re setting up your kids for success?
After 18 years of parenting, I’ve realized there are three things we can do to position our kids for success — in sports and in life.
1. Fuel Their Passion
The best way to help our kids grow in every aspect of their lives is to fuel their passion in one aspect of their lives.
To fuel my passion for basketball, my mom drove me to countless gyms for practices and games. She also paid for me to attend camps like PGC, which skyrocketed my passion for the game.
And here’s where things got interesting…
My pursuit of excellence in basketball created an unintentional ripple effect.
I pulled up my marks so I could play college basketball, I avoided the party scene because I was too busy training, and I became a leader in my school because I was taught at PGC that I needed to be a leader on and off the court.
Key Learning: Find out what your child’s passion is and get behind it any way you can.
2. Invest in Their Future
It’s easy to focus on the immediate needs of our kids. Does Johnny need new shoes already? What team is Emma going to play on this summer?
The challenging part is to ask questions that will position our kids for success 5-10 years from now.
What experiences will contribute to their development as a person and as a leader?
What environments will stretch them and broaden them in new ways? What investments do I need to make as a parent now to ensure the desired results years from now?
Kate and I have done our best to constantly expose our kids to new ideas and experiences. We think of these expenses as investments, not costs.
Key Learning: Invest in experiences that will help your kids stretch and grow.
3. Foster Their ‘Circle of Influence’
We all have a ‘circle of influence’ — a small group of people who influence our beliefs, attitudes, and actions.
For better or worse, the circle of influence for your kids is likely their friends. As parents, it’s easy to feel helpless about who’s in their circle of influence.
The good news is, you’re not helpless.
We can’t control their choice of friends, but we can put our kids in environments where they develop friendships and mentors with people we want our kids to be like.
As parents, Kate and I have been intention to surround our kids with special adults
they look up to, including aunts, uncles, family friends, and pastors.
We have also found inspiring models closer to their ages…
As our two boys love basketball, we send them to two PGC camps every single summer so they develop friendships with like-minded players and even greater-minded PGC directors.
This isn’t being sneaky. It’s just being smart.
As much as we love all they learn at PGC, we’re ultimately more concerned about who they become than what they learn.
Key Learning: Put your kids in environments that foster your desired circle of influence.
If you have a kid who loves the game and you want to fuel their passion, invest in their kids’ future, and foster an incredible circle of influence, I highly recommend sending them to a PGC camp this summer.
Joe Osborn from Fort Wayne, Indiana said:
“My son has been a different kid since PGC. Now he thinks talks and acts like a leader. He’s playing with passion, fire, and energy. Honestly, I can’t believe it is my son.”
And Coach Sean O’Neil said:
“I wanted to drop you a note and tell you how impressed I was with every aspect of the program. There are not many times that I think I got more than I paid for, but as far as I am concerned you couldn’t charge enough for the experience we both had. I believe this will change my son’s life as well as my own.”
While there are many camps close to selling out, there is still time to reserve your spot.
Here’s to setting our kids up for success!
All the best,
Athlete Story | Leif Skelding
In the biggest game of my collegiate career, I destroyed my knee in a freak accident during warmups. With my season over, I was left with one question: “How do I contribute even while not being able to play?”
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).
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.