What's Wrong With Giving Children Participation Trophys?
Parker Abate claims within his article “In Youth Sports, Participation Trophies Send a Powerful Message” that participation trophies help kids remember that teamwork with peers allows one to succeed in life and that succeeding doesn’t always mean coming in first. Abate states young athletes deserve at least some small form accomplishment because a child’s self-esteem drops when kids’ peers receive a trophy and they don’t; the participation trophy lets them know they were an important part of their team even if they did not win. Abate concludes that children may not continue in the competitive sport world, but there is nothing wrong with rewarding them for the hard work they put in from the beginning.
To support his claim, Abate raises the question, “Does success always mean coming in first?” causing the reader to evaluate their understanding of success. He then shares his …show more content…
He states that part of the education process is rewarding accomplishment and that this does not create a society of wimps unless people see it that way; receiving participation awards lights the fire under children that makes them want to work harder to receive a placement award. Priceman concludes participation awards shouldn’t be criticized, but rather seen as a way to encourage accomplishment and participation in all different activities. He feels if the trophies help at all with increasing participation, then it should be