Today we discuss how the concept of trophy culture is incorrect. Giving a kid a participation trophy does no harm. If anything it encourages the kids to try new stuff. Just teach them the difference between participation vs. first, second, and third place. With adults there is no impact. Have you gotten a T-shirt for running a 5K? My closet is full of them. This doesn’t mean I think I got first place. The real threat are overprotective parents who shield the kids from the necessary life lessons they learn when they are young and the stakes are low. Overprotected kids grow up to be helpless, dysfunctional adults. But hey, at least they keep the therapists employed so they do contribute to the economy.