Last week I wrote about my 2008 and 2018 summer experience with PGC as a player and then as staff. I have some more news below on how PGC can become a part of your training! First, here are a few powerful takeaways from my notes to give you an idea of the language and culture at a PGC program…
-Bring Spirit to what you do. There are Energy Takers, Energy Fluctuators, and Energy Givers (How is it when you walk into a room?)
-If you want to be more confident, then work harder than everyone else.
-Show Gratitude - Most people in this world would kill to have one pair of your shoes. Gratitude kills fear & entitlement.
-TIPI - Temporary inconvenience for permanent improvement
-AOF - Actions over feelings (Don’t let feelings dictate how you work for what you want!)
I have decided to make Peak Basketball a Partner Program of PGC. This means some good things for you!
Last summer I spent four weeks working for Point Guard College, a basketball camp designed to teach kids how to think the game and immerse in the game for five days. I wanted to get involved with PGC because I knew I had a lot to give to and a lot to learn from their curriculum and culture, and I had waited too long to get involved again.
I say again because I attended PGC as a college athlete while playing at the University of North Carolina. Coach Sylvia Hatchell sent four of us one summer, as she did many summers for her players. The experience was a great one, and not only did it add layers to my understanding of basketball, but it taught me a whole new perspective of the game and a greater understanding of the role of leaders on a team. We had on-court sessions, film sessions, a notebook full of note-taking, and great skill instruction from passionate coaches. (One of the best examples of how great PGC is to me is how many great coaches trust and promote their teaching!!)
Each week with PGC, it literally felt like I disappeared from the real world and experienced the ultimate basketball excursion. The opportunity for young players (those who truly love basketball) to experience this is invaluable and can make a huge impact on both their skill level and their commitment to the game afterwards. PGC makes you different.
It’s hard to go into too much detail about why this is the case, but the expectation that is set for players from their culture and how it is built quickly in just the first day or two is truly remarkable. Self-leadership and energy are immediately required, and anything less is uncomfortable. Their curriculum equips any athlete with skill that immediately makes them a more effective player.
See more about Point Guard College here. I will have more information next week as well.
Courage is the ability to act in the face of fear. If you aren’t scared to do it, it probably didn’t take courage. Acting on your values and integrity when it may have a consequence that makes you uncomfortable or out of favor, that is a decision of courage.
Sometimes we observe others acting with courage, and we assume maybe they didn’t face any fear. We think they are different than us. They aren’t, they just acted despite that fear and provided an example of courage. (Yes, courage can be contagious)
We build courage like a muscle. It must be practiced and developed. We must know what we stand for and know our values, and then choose that when faced with risk and fear. The more we choose courage instead of being paralyzed by fear, the more courageous we become. Step outside of your comfort zone. Build your courage by facing what scares you. You might even help someone else do the same…
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