The pizza and cake had been served and it was time for the coaches to stand up and give the end of the season speech. The girls’ excitement was building. They knew it was coming.
The only thought going through my head was, “Are you kidding me?
“What a wonderful season! You girls played fantastic all season long and each and every one of you deserves one of these trophies.” Coach Peter announced to his fifth grade girls volleyball team.
One by one each girl was presented with a shiny, gold colored, plastic, eight-inch tall trophy with their name engraved right above the word, “CHAMPIONS”.
The only thought going through my head was, “Are you kidding me? These girls were terrible this season. They never won one a single game. And a few of the girls spent more time braiding each other’s hair while sitting on the bench than they did actually playing volleyball.”
Like all of the other parents, I smiled and clapped loudly
To hear the coach say they earned a “CHAMPIONS” trophy seemed utterly absurd. If the trophy would have read, “Honorable Mention” or “Best Effort” or even “Team with the Best Hair Styles” (due to all of the braiding going on during the games), it would have more fitting. Why are they getting “CHAMPIONS” trophies for losing every game?
Like all of the other parents, I smiled and clapped loudly when each girl’s name was called. I didn’t want to look like an unsupportive mom. But on the inside I was screaming, “Doesn’t anyone else think it is strange that our children are being given “CHAMPIONS” trophies?”
After we got home that evening, I got out the dictionary and looked up the word, CHAMPION, just to see if there was a different definition than the one I knew, and this is what I found:
A person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or a series of competitions, so as to hold first place.
Well that seemed pretty straightforward to me.
But on the inside I was screaming…
I don’t think I am totally insensitive. I am all for acknowledging kids for showing up all season, showing good sportsmanship and for having fun. But do we have to give them a “CHAMPIONS” trophy for losing all their games?
Am I crazy or callus for thinking this way? I would love to hear your opinion.
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