Everybody tries, so does that mean everybody wins?
James Harrison, a linebacker with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, doesn’t think that participation awards help in the development of youth in sports. After his 8- and 6-year-old sons came home from a football camp with participation trophies, he told his sons to take them back. Harrison took to his Instagram to say, “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do . . . these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.”
Not everybody is agreeing with Harrison, with some saying that participation awards encourage kids to participate in sports. Brian Sanders, president of i9 Sports, said that they should “do everything to keep the kids playing”, and that participation awards are a means to do that. While awards are great for encouraging kids to improve, some coaches are saying that by limiting the awards it encourages kids to meet higher expectations of themselves and therefore encourages them to improve.
Do you think everyone who plays should get something for their efforts, or are we encouraging kids that they don’t need to try to succeed?
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