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NFL Player James Harrison Returns Sons’ ‘Participation’ Trophies

NFL player James Harrison returns sons' 'participation' trophies


Participation trophies fuel the entitlement mentality.

Via NOLA Com

NFL football player James Harrison said in a message posted to Instagram he returned two “participation” trophies awarded to his two sons. Harrison said the trophies would be returned until they earned “a real trophy.”


“I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe they are entitled to something just because they tried their best,” wrote Harrison, who plays linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


HBO’s Real Sports recently highlighted the debate that centers on the presentation of participation trophies. Some believe the trophies provide an important self-esteem boost. Others say the trophies provide an unearned sense of entitlement. More

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