We are a private school aimed towards "Changing Hearts by Feeding Minds". PHCA is an extension ministry of The Potter’s House International Ministries (TPHIM). TPHIM had its beginning in June of 1988 after the Lord gave Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin a vision for a ministry without any denominational restraints or traditional limitations.
The mission of The Potter’s House Christian Academy is to lead students to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior and to disciple them by providing instruction in the truths and realities of life so that they might be equipped and prepared for productive citizenship.
We will provide the opportunity for student-athletes to compete at the highest levels of athletics. Competition is the fuel that drives athletes and sports, but “competing” is not a one-dimensional concept. Being competitive means winning basketball games, but also means giving maximum effort while applying the skills and knowledge taught by the coaches and drilled in practice. Win/loss records and individual and team statistics are the yardsticks by which individual and team progress are measured and are critical to the competitive experience but their importance must be balanced with other objectives, such as individual development and respect for the game.
We will develop individual baseball skills and knowledge and enable each player to reach their full athletic potential. We seek to develop players physically, technically, mentally, and emotionally. We emphasize teaching not only proper mechanics but the mindset and even keel necessary to succeed in a game like a basketball where patience and perseverance often prevail over passion. No two players are alike and our coaches tailor their coaching to suit each player’s natural ability and skill set. As players get older, an increasing focus is given on identifying positions that match a player’s skills and abilities to enable the player to receive position-specific coaching necessary to play at the high school level or beyond. We often utilize external resources to bring specialized knowledge to bear when appropriate.
We will stress the importance of teamwork and build strong, lasting bonds among teammates–Lions win and lose as a team. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision and to direct individual accomplishments toward team goals and objectives. That individual achievement is always subordinate to the achievement of team goals and is a fundamental tenet of team sports; a tenet that is uniquely reinforced by basketball in its recognition of the “sacrifice.” Teamwork remains a core fundamental for every successful team and is the baseline for all planning and preparation. We strive to teach teamwork in all elements of the game and stress that each player on the team and each position on the court have a role in achieving team success. But teamwork is not just about execution–part of teamwork is supporting your teammates and picking them up when they have an off day or make a mistake. We fundamentally believe that players only reach their full potential when teammates are both well-drilled in their roles and basketball skills and are encouraging and supporting of each other.
SPORTSMANSHIP AND RESPECT
We will build character, honor good sportsmanship, and teach respect for the game of basketball, coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and family. Sportsmanship and respect are at the center of all of our basketball-related activities. The Potter’s House Christian Academy program believes in playing the game of basketball with the right attitude and appreciation for the elements of the game. We believe in playing the game hard and aggressively while never compromising our principles for the sake of winning. Poor sportsmanship by players, coaches, or parents will not be tolerated. It is a privilege to wear the Potter’s House Christian Academy uniform and compete at the highest level. Our actions represent not only our teammates, coaches, and parents, but all of Potter’s House Christian Academy and our surrounding community. We always respect our team and teammates, respect the other team, respect the umpires and respect the game of basketball.
We will develop young athletes into leaders on their team and in their community.
Leadership is the ability to influence and motivate others to accomplish the mission. We believe in instilling qualities in our players that help them succeed not only on the ball field but in their community. We choose to lead by example and never allow the intensity of the game to diminish that standard. Leadership is closely tied to sportsmanship and respect—respecting and acknowledging the contributions, skills, and accomplishments that each person brings to the table motivates them to push themselves even further. Building character and leadership traits in our players not only maximize our success on the court but in life, long after our playing days are over.