Participation trophies.........

Should we ditch the ‘thanks for coming out’ participation trophies?

Is it time to do away with "participation" awards? Vote in our poll.
James Harrison, Instagram
TORONTO — If you’ve ever played on a team or put your child into sports, you’re familiar with the “participation” trophy (or medal or ribbon). Regardless of the form it takes, many — including Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison — feels kids should not receive an award just for showing up.
The 37-year-old football player has received a lot of praise for an Instagram post he shared over the weekend, in which he announced his plans to return his sons’ newly-acquired participation trophies. Essentially, because they didn’t earn them.
“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,” he wrote.

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I don't see anything wrong with them. As long as you can also get another ribbon or trophy for winning or being the best.
Winning takes hard work and dedication. The only thing required to lose is showing up.
I also think as a kid gets older they become less important. So maybe in the younger divisions have them. Not for the older divisions.
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That is what pizza is at the windup party. A reward for playing win or lose.