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Participation trophies – thumbs up or down?

Friday, September 4th, 2015

A few weeks ago James Harrison, a professional athlete who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was in the news for returning a trophy his kids got for playing football. The trophy wasn’t for winning the league, coming in second place, but rather a participation trophy which basically means that everyone who plays the sport, regardless of record, receives a trophy.

Probably most of us have received trophies over the years. My oldest one is the 1970 Peanut Champs trophy that I still have and display in my home office. Each of my kids have received participation trophies in a number of sports that include baseball, soccer, and football.

Even though I haven’t returned any of my kids’ participation trophies I understand James Harrison’s position and support him. Going one step further I would love for participation trophies to go away.

I want each of my kids to play sports and it has NOTHING to do with getting a trophy and it’s all about the team aspect, being part of something, and combining the efforts of 10-15 kids who work together to achieve something. To me that builds a great foundation for life and you don’t need a participation trophy to accomplish that.

What are your thoughts?

  • Do your kids get participation trophies?
  • Are you a fan of the concept?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

I play….do you?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

As most of you know I love to play games – especially games of strategy.

Time to take a quick quiz about games!

Good Luck!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.