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Trophies for all

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At the end of the North Harris County Pee Wee Football League's season, Roshanda Green's little boy will take home his very first trophy.

"This is his first year," Green said. "He's only four years old. So this is his first year. He loves the sport. He loves football."

Every player, from the four year olds to the 12 year olds will get what CEO Clifton Roust calls a "participation trophy." There are also individual awards for good grades and best player. And if their team wins, they'll get also an inner-league champion trophy, and a chance to beat the top teams from other leagues, which would mean another award.

"If they win a super bowl, they get super bowl rings as well with our organization," Roust said. "I don't think we're babying them."

Not everyone agrees. In fact, the director of a youth football league in north Texas recently decided to do away with "participation trophies and medals." Only the league champs and possibly the youngest group of players will take an award home.

And most of the more than 200 comments on our Fox 26 Facebook fan page are in agreement, saying "kids need to learn the value of earning" a trophy and not feel entitled to get a "freebie."

Eric Hutchinson is both a coach and father. At 33 years old, he says times have changed since he was a kid.

"Back then we loved to play sports now they've got video games- competing with that. Some kids don't even want to come out here and play they want to play PlayStation four all day. So you got to try to get the kids outside. I think they should get a trophy."

And so they will, at least if they play with the North Harris County Pee Wee league.

 

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