According to recent research fielded by TNS Worldwide, more than 70 % of Americans support recognition of outstanding achievements in sports via trophies and other awards and nearly 2/3 (65%) approve of recognizing children for participating in organized sports.

“Recognizing that children have varying levels of expertise and development sets the foundation for a positive experience in youth sports, and ultimately, creating a “can do” attitude and lifelong learning,” said Greg DellaBadia, immediate past president of the Association.

Participation trophies remind young kids that they are part of something, and may help build enthusiasm to return for another season, says Tom Farrey, executive director of The Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute and author of “Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children.”

Another reason trophies for everyone is a growing trend, is that, at a time when parents complain of the escalating competition in youth sports, they remind kids that we value their effort, regardless of ability or results. All that matters, truly, is showing up, learning the rules of the game and working hard to improve their skills.

JAFFA® offers a broad range of trophies and medals that are well suited for the education and youth sports category.

~Margit Fawbush



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