One parent is taking a high-profile stand against “participation trophies” in athletics, a topic he may know a thing or two about himself.
Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison came home to discover his two children had received participation trophies — but they don’t get to have them for long.
Harrison, a linebacker for the Steelers, posted a photo of the ”2015 Best of the Batch Next Level Athletics Student-Athlete Awards” on Instagram and announced that they will be given back to Next Level Athletics.
The parental decision is getting mixed reviews on social media. Some are applauding him for teaching his children that in the real world, people aren’t rewarded just for “showing up.” Others are saying that it’s too harsh of a lesson for young children (his kids are 6 and 8 years old). What do you think? Tell us in the comments section!
Here is a copy of the Instagram post, with the comment posted by Harrison explaining why he did it:
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