The truth about Participation Trophies

Youth organize athletics and participation trophies seem to go hand in hand in today’s society. Should children be rewarded for just showing up? In my opinion no. I do not think there is any reason for participation trophies in today’s youth athletics. Giving a child a trophy for just showing up is setting them up for failure later in life. When you give something to a child they didn’t work hard for, didn’t technically earn, you are telling that child that just because they are there that is good enough. We as a society today are creating an entitled generation. The New York Times published an article that stated participation trophies are diminishing the value of winning. I could not agree more, we are rewarding every child not just the winner, because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m sorry, but in life you are going to get your feeling hurt, there is someone that will be better at something than you, there are winners and losers and that is just how life works. Parents, coaches and organizers don’t want to see the child fail, and I have a hard time with that.  The reason is because we all fail, we all fall short off things that we have set out to do, and we need to know how to handle those times. We need to teach children that failure is okay, because of some of our greatest failure come our greatest victories. When we learn how to except failure we learn how to work harder, be motivated, show determination, and learn from our mistakes and misfortunes. By giving participation trophies we are robbing the young generation on necessary life skills they will need throughout their life.


2 thoughts on “The truth about Participation Trophies

  1. Good post. I agree with your point of view completely. We have to teach are youth they need to work hard to receive rewards. This will make sure that kids know how to work hard to accomplish whatever they want to accomplish.


  2. Your closing sentence says it all. People say that it doesn’t matter because these kids are so young but it is when a child develops a lot of his/her personality. If they are handed things others had to earn, they will feel entitled to things that they don’t deserve.


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