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: