James Harrison Trashes Kids Participation Trophies: “I’m Sorry, I’m Not Sorry for Believing That Everything in Life Should Be Earned”

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Pittsburgh Steelers’s outspoken defensive star, James Harrison, is no stranger to making waves, stirring up some controversy or speaking his mind. This week he did all of the above with an Instragram post about participation trophies given to kids.

Apparently, Harrison came home one day to find his children had received two trophies for participating in a Next Level Athletics event. Handing out participation trophies is common practice these days in this politically correct, hope everyone is happy society we find ourselves. However, Harrison wasn’t pleased at all.

He took to Instagram to post his reaction and action when it came to these trophies and what he believes is the false sense of accomplishment they bring.

I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.

I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues

[ADSENSE2]I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues

Harrison’s post has the community talking and discussing the issue of participation trophies and if they encourage kids not to try their best or want to be the best because they will be rewarded anyway. Many people are on both sides of the fence in this discussion, but we are curious to find out where you stand.

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SOUND OFF: Do you agree with James Harrison that participation trophies set our children up for failure in life or is he in the wrong here?

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