Participation Awards: Overdone Recognition?

Over the years, we have been a part of many discussions about whether to reward kids for simple participation in a sport. Recently, we had one of our repeat coach customers share a story with us that gave us a renewed perspective on the topic.

The coach had previously ordered medals from us and needed them on a rather tight schedule. We didn’t know it at the time, but he needed one of those medals to present to a player who would not be able to attend the team banquet – a young boy living in a battered woman’s shelter with his mother, who was about to “move on.” As the boy was summonsed to meet with the coach, other residents came out of their rooms to see what was going on. The boy’s eyes lit up when he realized he was receiving an award, and he proudly told the other residents “I got a medal, I got a medal!”

We’re in the business of selling awards, so you might think this conversation is self-serving. But to see the genuine twinkle in a child’s eyes — we are truely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of that.

Participation Awards: Overdone Recognition?

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