James Harrison voices opposition to ‘participation trophies’
Harrison said via Instagram that while he’s proud of his kids, he believes everything should be earned. Sometimes, he wrote, just trying your best is not enough.“I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned,” he said,” 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.”
Here is the complete post:
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. #harrisonfamilyvalues
Harrison knows a thing or two about earning your keep. The 37-year-old went undrafted in 2002 and today stands as a five-time Pro Bowler, earning the AP Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008.
Harrison is certainly not alone in his disdain for “participation trophies.” Many coaches and parents feel the same way about youth leagues that play games without keeping score. The thought is that children should not be shielded from the pain and life lessons that come with loss and failure.
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