The Case for the Participation Trophy

8 thoughts on “The Case for the Participation Trophy”

  1. Wow! I
    Sure I’m not in the majority but I completely agree. There is far too much emphasis on winning and being the best. Parents are ridiculous when it comes to grades as well. They don’t care how they get them, but they really want to see straight A’s. When do we say to a kid, you are enough. What you did is enough. Not everyone can win. Not everyone can get straight A’s or win the basketball championship. I think our emphasis is on the wrong thing. We are setting these kids up to fail and have poor self esteem. You’re only great if you’re on top mentality makes me sick . Great post. Reward kids for trying their best and putting on the time and effort. An accomplishment for one kid may be winning the race when the greatest accomplishment for another is finishing it. Who defines winning?


    1. I’ve met so many kids in my line of work that just want to be told they are good enough. Yeah they make mistakes, yeah they don’t give 100% all the time, but they still need to know they are good just the way they are. I think parents forget that they are the ones their kids look to for approval, and they forget how it was for them when they didn’t get it in their own childhood.

      Thanks for reading :)

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  2. With my son’s first field day experience at school, he came home with ribbons that were blank and I was confused, when I was I in school three ribbons were given out 1st 2nd and 3rd place that’s it, now I couldn’t imagine how a kid would feel trying to win a ribbon all afternoon only to come home empty handed. When Jordan shows me his ribbons it’s not just about what place he came in but about all the events he tried, the fun he had, and most importantly the exercise he got.

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    1. I didn’t even consider that part. The reward isn’t just for winning, but also a souvenier for what that kid actually did. It’s something to show off to say “Look mom! Today I played this or that game and I had a ton of fun!”. Maybe we should all just calm down and be happy the kids got out, ran around, and had a good time! Sheesh! :)

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  3. I was a kid who never would’ve won trophies without participation trophies, and getting something in recognition of my efforts was a really heartening thing at times. It reminded me that what I did mattered, even if I wasn’t the best at it. I get so annoyed with the competition culture and with statements that put down the idea of celebrating hard work.


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