Why This Pro Football Player Took Away His Daughter’s Participation Ribbon

May 16, 2016 at 10:40 am |

“If you want a ribbon, you come 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.”

The other day my son came home with a participation ribbon. It was for his school’s ‘Battle of the Books’ program and while his team didn’t win their battle, they all got participation ribbons because this is a big thing now.

He came home and put it on the counter to show me, and after I looked at it oddly I picked it up and threw it in the garbage can. I have enough clutter in my house, I don’t need a participation ribbon, that means my son literally did what was expected of him, laying around on my counter. He wasn’t phased at all by my placing it in the garbage, either. My reponse was basically, ‘Big deal, you participated.’ I mean, he was supposed to participate – he certainly didn’t need a ribbon for it.

Many people have different opinions on the participation ribbon/trophy that all kids seem to get these days when they simply show up to participate, and more and more of those opinions are less than favourable.  Do kids really need to be rewarded for simply showing up?

Pittsburgh Steeler DeAngelo Williams recently took to social media to explain exactly how he feels about rewarding kids for simply participating nd why he gave back his young daughter’s participation ribbon at her school’s field day.



Pittsburgh Steeler DeAngelo Williams recently made his opinions on participation ribbons known after giving his daughter’s back during her school’s field day.

See why Williams gave his daughter's participation ribbon back.