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    Steelers' James Harrison strips kids of non-winning participation trophies

    No thanks for playing.

    Not everyone gets a trophy in James Harrison's house, as the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker wrote on Instagram on Saturday. Harrison is taking away his kids' participation trophies because he wants them to "EARN a real trophy."

    Explaining his position, Harrison said he's proud of his two sons and will always encourage them. But the "2015 Best of the Batch Next Level Athletics Student-Athlete Awards" are going back.

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    This ought to get the attention of a few parents out there. Parenting styles aside, Harrison's football background might provide insight into why he feels this way. Harrison was a Kent State walk-on who went undrafted in 2002, played a season in NFL Europe and was cut by the Baltimore Ravens before latching on with the Steelers and becoming a force. That all drove him to "do better."

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13...-awards-earned

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    Yes, you should only get a prize if you win.

    That's how it was when I was a kid so we practiced long and hard to become good enough to win some stuff.

    It'll make them a better kid... after their momma quits crying

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    My daughter was once on a Pom squad. They would compete at parades and most of the time take first. We would get trophies at the parades we won, but those would stay with the organization. Now, at the end of the year, we'd hold a party and each participant would get their own trophy. It was kind of a participation trophy, but they really were winners. We had purchased different sized trophies based on the number of parades they marched in. Kids that marched in all the parades got the biggest trophies. A couple of parents had a problem with this and complained to the community organization and forced us to give the same sized trophy to everyone. Funny how they had the time and interest to complain, but not the time to get their kids to the parades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Truck View Post
    Yes, you should only get a prize if you win.
    1 Corinthians 9:24
    Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain

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    The best way to discourage effort is to give it no acknowledgement...
    For those who think this is the Christian way read this..

    Luke 12:48

    47"And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

    God blesses those who pursue Him and His will and obey and holds them at higher accountability..to remove that process removes grounds for accountability.

    The kid who tries harder get's no reward and the kid that does not try has no accountability..

    GOOD for him! Parents better recognize the movement to create a generation of senseless sheep who will be led by an abusive taskmaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystian View Post
    1 Corinthians 9:24
    Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain
    Careful now. Are you implying that only one Christian will get a prize ?

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