James Harrison, an American National Football League player, caused a social media tempest when he wrote on Instagram about how he was returning his two sons’ participation trophies.
Harrison expressed his disagreement with the idea that someone would receive an award for not being the best, for not earning it.
Presenter Redi Tlhabi asked CapeTalk/702 listeners whether children should be given participation trophies or should these be reserved only for winners.
Below are some the twitter responses to the topic:
@RediTlhabi My boy came 2nd in a race. When I congratulated him he said: "Mama I was trying to come first." I said that's the spirit my boy— Sbu Mpungose (@SbuMpungose) September 9, 2015
@RediTlhabi my limit would be 10 years of age, but still top 3 should get different,bigger, better, shinier medals!— Michael (@macknuckle) September 9, 2015
@RediTlhabi Children must earn the trophies, otherwise they will become like Bafan Bafana where mediocrity and incompetence become the norm.— Puti (@Puti_it_in) September 9, 2015
@RediTlhabi NO part. medal.Detracts from winner.Learn early that some are better and stronger than u.Wanna raise some inferior wimps?— Maggielou (@ludimar47) September 9, 2015
Listen to the full conversation on The Redi Tlhabi Show: