Should Kids Receive Participation Trophies Just for Showing Up?

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, sparked a debate on social media after he posted a photo of two trophies. In the post, Harrison expressed his outrage about his sons’ receiving “participation trophies” they didn’t rightfully earn. He plans to return the trophies so his sons aren’t taught that they’re “entitled to something just because they tried their best.”

I discussed this topic with my colleague, John Pacini, on Fox 26 Houston. Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments below:

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Frederick J. Goodall

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