[guest post by Dana]
James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers isn’t a fan of those participation trophies designed to make everyone feel like a winner when they really haven’t “won” anything, especially when it comes to his own kids:
I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.
After the Steelers game on Sunday, Harrison confirmed to a fan that he had indeed returned the trophies.
Those hit hardest by Harrison’s public stand? Trophy makers:
“Recently it’s been rather trendy to be negative toward participation awards and to blame them for kids feeling entitled or not learning to be competitive,’’ Ristau told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. “But what’s really causing that? Is it really a participation award or the environment they’re living in?
“You know, entitlement predates participation awards.”