In 2015 an NFL Player named James Harrison excercised his right as a father...
"I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies!" Harrison wrote. "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."
He added: "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."
Some say he was right, some say he was wrong. Either way, he's the dad, they're his sons,
if there is/was anger or resentment by his children, that will be his to deal with someday.
BUT...If I could have spoken to the man, I would have presented my "momento
argument". AND, I would have pointed out that even the GREATEST of ATHLETES of ALL TIME receive Participation Awards...
Including: Superbowl Winners & Losers
"There are a lot of variables in play
as to who gets rings, but generally you can expect every player (even those that DO NOT PLAY IN THE ACTUAL SUPERBOWL GAME) on the 53-man roster, the entire coaching staff and the front office to earn rings. The NFL pays for the cost of 150 rings for the winning
team, with a max cost of around $7,000 per unit, depending on the cost of gold and diamonds at the time. That usually covers the bulk of people the team wants to gives the rings to, but it can go above that number if the team buys the extra rings.
Other players who can receive rings include practice squad players, players on injured reserve and players who were on the roster at some point
during the season. Teams will often consider everybody who contributed at any point in the season worthy of a ring."
Yes, EVERY athlete receives a special medal for PARTICIPATING...not winning, but just for being there. EVERY official and volunteer receives a medal
of some sort as well, a momento of the auspicious occasion. 1984 Olympic PARTICIPATION medal presented to the athletes is pictured to the right. 1984 was chosen, because #1 it was held in Los Angeles, California and #2 I was fortunate to actually
AND... Marathon Runners
LA Marathon Awards
"Participants will compete in the following male and female age divisions:
12-15 (SRLA only), 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over
The top 3 finishers
in each age division will receive a commemorative award. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal." A "FINISHER" must complete the marathon in no more than 6 hrs/30min - but they certainly don't have to be the WINNER.
Boston Marathon Awards
"Participants who complete the course will receive a specially designed
Participants who "finish", not "win".
being...Participation Trophies DO NOT create average individuals, softies, happy losers, pansies or whatever negative word or phrase one chooses to justify this thought process. And to say that they do, also must mean that Championship Trophies create
amazing individuals, strong, steadfast members of society, confident winners and the best of the best...research a few "winners" and this theory can quickly be proven wrong.