The Nationals’ Bryce Harper talked to a group of Little Leaguers at an event on Saturday, and the 24-year-old shared this important bit of advice:
“As much as they might tell you, ‘It’s OK you guys lost today,’ no Johnny. No participation trophies, OK? First place only, alright?”
The tone he said it in was perfect, and some of the kids even started clapping.
This is something that many others across the sports world have preached — that participation trophies are THE WORST. A few examples:
- Steelers linebacker James Harrison took his kids’ participation trophies away because “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.”
- Louisville basketball head coach Jeff Walz said in a fiery rant: “Right now, the generation of kids that are coming through, everybody gets a damn trophy, okay? You finish last, you come home with a trophy. You kidding me? What’s that teaching kids? It’s okay to lose!”
- Former Steelers running back (now free agent) DeAngelo Williams tweeted about how he took his daughter’s participation ribbon away, and then she went and got first place in the next event.
Harper is an NL MVP, NL Silver Slugger Award winner, Hank Aaron Award winner and four-time All-Star, so why not listen to him too?