Are Participation Trophies Teaching the Right Values?

Are handing out participation trophies creating an entitled generation, or are they warranted and teaching the right values?

It’s an interesting debate.

Lots of parents seem to dislike it because a participation award sends the message that we are too easy on our children and aren’t teaching them the cruel realities of life. The kids, however, smile from ear-to-ear when they receive their awards and showcase them on their mantels.

Let’s discuss the arguments for and against participation trophies, according to Spike’s Trophies, a leading trophy manufacturer in Philadelphia.

The Argument For It


  • Rewarding Effort – Despite the record of a team and ability of an athlete, children should be rewarded for showing up to the practices, working hard, learning and improving their talents, and being there for his teammates. Making a commitment and keeping it should be recognized.
  • More To Sports Than Winning - Focusing on just winning and losing doesn’t emphasize the other lessons and values that are important. There is a time to recognize winning and losing, but not in the pre-teen years. Improvement is more important than wins and losses.
  • Better Than Sitting At Home - One of the reasons why children play sports is so they’re not sitting at home and playing video games or watching television all day long. That ribbon or trophy is an award for going out and doing something. There should be some value in that.


The Argument Against It

In August of 2015, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jerome Harrison came home disgusted that his two boys “earned” participation trophies. He went and sent them back.

Here’s what he had to say about it via his Instagram:

“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues

The people who oppose participation trophies say it builds entitlement and creates a false sense of self-importance. Too many trophies and awards devalues the meaning of accomplishment.

Get Your Trophies From Spike

Of course, we hope that you’re for participation awards and if you are looking for the best trophies in NJ and PA, look no further than Spike’s Trophies. We encourage you to visit our website at or give us a call at 855-652-4030.


Congratulations to Neumann University on a Fantastic Season!

As the minutes ticked down in the second half of Neumann University’s CSAC Championship Game against Gwynedd Mercy University, the outcome was already in doubt.

The only question left unanswered was where did Neumann get their championship banner, plaque and tee shirts from?

Spike’s Trophies of course!

Nuemann routed Gwynedd Mercy 77-53 in that title game in late February. DeShawn Lowman scored 25 points, Carl Wallace added 12 and Darian Barnes recorded 10 blocks for the Knights, who outscored Gwynedd Mercy 47-25 in the first half en route to the easy victory.

Spike’s Trophies released the following statement on Neumann University’s monumental triumph.

Congratulations to Neumann University on winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championship!  Proud to be able to manufacture and supply the Championship Banner, Plaque, and Tee Shirts for the CSAC Champs!!”.

The Knights went an impressive 25-2 during the regular season and they were a point and an overtime away from perfection. They stifled their opponents in the conference tournament, holding each team to 20 points below their team average.

Neumann headed into the Division III NCAA Tournament seeking its first tournament win in school history and riding a huge wave of momentum.

Unfortunately, that elusive tournament win will have to wait a little while longer.

Nichols shattered those hopes with a thrilling 96-93 victory in the opening round. Neumann was one of the 64 teams to make the tournament two years ago, but lost on the road. This time they got to host the first-round game.

Supplying the Champions

Like Neumann University, if you’re a school or team that is looking to commemorate your special season with a plaque, banner or tee-shirt, make sure to give us a call. We sell the best trophies in PA and NJ.

We offer a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles for our trophies in NJ and PA. We also have a wide assortment of styles of wood, stone, marbles, resins, acrylics, metals and glass to work with. We will make sure your season gets recognized properly with our products. We’ve been committed to quality and excellence since 1929.

If you’re interested in any of our products or are lookiong to gather more information, feel free to check out our website at or give us a call at 855-862-4030.

Famous Philadelphia Athletes: Kobe Bryant

In addition to being the home of Spike’s Trophies, Philadelphia has been the birthplace of a number of notable athletes. Maybe it’s the attitude of the city, maybe it’s the large number of gyms and recreation centers in the area, maybe it’s something in the water, whatever the reason, some of the world’s most impressive athletes hail from the same city that we’ve been making crystal awards in for over 85 years.


Kobe Bean Bryant was born in Philadelphia in August of 1978. Kobe’s father, Joe Bryant was an NBA player at the time of Kobe’s birth but by 1984, his career brought him to an Italian basketball team. Kobe spent several years in Italy, learning to speak the language fluently and even becoming a young phenom in the sport of soccer.


By 1991, Kobe was back in the states and began playing basketball at Lower Merion High School where he became the first freshman in more than two decades to play on the varsity team. Bryant immediately established himself as a prospect for the NBA, being named the Pennsylvania Player of The Year in his junior season.


Despite major attention from D1 colleges in his senior year, Kobe Bryant became the first player at the guard position to ever be drafted out of high school in 1996. Selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, Kobe was immediately traded to the team he would spend all 20 years of his career with, The Los Angeles Lakers.


Benched in the first games of the 1996-1997 season, Kobe would become the youngest NBA starter on record and won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie. Bryant was a fan-favorite before his first season was even over. Suffering two bitter western conference losses in his first two years in the NBA, The Lakers doubled down on Kobe, extending his contract and shedding their other two star shooting guards (Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel).


Kobe Bryant and The Lakers won three consecutive NBA Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In the seasons that followed, Bryant would set a number of records including the second most points ever scored in a game (first place is still held by Wilt Chamberlain) and most three-pointers scored in a game (a record broken this season by Stephen Curry). Kobe went on to win two more NBA championships, winning five championship trophies in total.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe remained a fierce competitor up until his final game, never losing his status as a starting player when healthy. During the last three years of his career (2013-2016), Bryant was plagued by injuries, finally deciding to retire in his twentieth season.


Kobe carved out his place among the elite basketball players of all time, often being mentioned in the same breath as names like Olajuwon, Jordan, Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar. As one of Philadelphia and the NBA’s greats, his legacy will endure for quite some time.

The Golden Globe Awards Statuette

One of the most prestigious award ceremonies for television and movies will be taking place on January 8, 2017. The upcoming 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards is meant to honor the best in film and American television in 2016. Some of the categories include Best Motion Picture, Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Best Supporting Performance, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Series, Best Performance in a Series, and much more. We think you get the idea.


Here at Spike’s Trophies, we’re one of the top makers of custom plaques and trophies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One of our favorite parts of the Golden Globe Awards is when each of the selected winners receives their own brilliant statuette. Not only do these awards look beautiful, but they also represent a special time in that person’s or team of people’s lives. We believe that this moment captures the reason why trophies exist in the first place – to recognize a special achievement or commemorate a special event.

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Facts about the Golden Globe Statuette


This award is one of the most coveted in the world when it comes to the entertainment industry. Here are a few facts about the Golden Globe Statuette:


  • The award typically costs about $800 to manufacture.
  • On average, a win is worth about $14 million for a movie because of the boost in revenues.
  • The prize is a 24-karat-gold-plated statuette resting atop a marble pedestal.
  • The design is a globe wrapped in a film strip, which was decided back in 1945.
  • It’s 10.75 inches tall and weighs 5.5 pounds.


Celebrate your own event


If you’ve been inspired by the Golden Globe Awards, we can help you customize your own awards and prizes here at Spike’s Trophies. We’ll make anything from acrylic awards to crystal awards as well as medals, pins, promotional products, and more. Whether you’d like to thank a friend or family member for their love and support or motivate your associates and employees, you can count on us!


To learn more about making trophies and awards inspired by the Golden Globes, contact us at 855-652-4030 or go to

Famous Philly Athletes: Wilt Chamberlain

At Spike’s Trophies, we’re proud to be a part of Philadelphia. Our city has given the world talented actors, athletes and artists. We’re always especially proud to see people from our hometown receive the recognition they deserve. This month, we’re featuring one of the greatest centers of all time, Wilt Chamberlain.


Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia in 1936 (seven years after Spike’s was founded). Growing up in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, Wilt’s prowess as a basketball player was evident from his freshman year of highschool when he led the Overbrook Panthers to the city championship. Going to Kansas University, Chamberlain immediately became a sports sensation, shattering college records and dealing with racism whenever the team played in the south.


Wilt graduated KU early and due to NBA regulations at the time, could not be drafted by a team for a year. From 1958-1959, Wilt “The Big Dipper” Chamberlain joined The Harlem Globetrotters, a time he remembered fondly throughout his life. Wilt enjoyed being a part of the Globetrotters so much that he often returned to the team during the NBA offseason.


In 1959, Wilt Chamberlain was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors. In his first season, he broke the single-season scoring record, doing so in 52 games. Wilt continued to be a star throughout his second season, breaking his own scoring record and breaking rebounding records as well. In his third season in the NBA, “The Big Dipper” set scoring records that have never been threatened. In 1962, Wilt averaged 50.4 points-per-game, set the single-game scoring record with 100 pts against the New York Knicks and became the only NBA player to ever score more than 4,000 points in a season.


It wouldn’t be until 1967 that Chamberlain would win an NBA championship. In his lowest scoring season ever (a still impressive 24.1 ppg), Wilt brought a title home to Philadelphia with the newly created 76ers, ending the Boston Celtics eight-year winning streak.


Wilt would be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and end his NBA career there in 1972. He would win only one more championship before his retirement. From 1974-1979, Chamberlain played professional volleyball, earning his spot in The Volleyball Hall of Fame, becoming one of only a few professional athletes to be enshrined in two professional halls of fame.


Wilt Chamberlain passed away in 1999 due to heart issues. He is often credited as one of the major forces behind the popularization of the NBA.


Wilt earned dozens of commemorations during and after his professional basketball career. To see some of the commemorations we offer from glass awards to plaques for the star in your life, visit



The WBC Welterweight Title

Here at Spike’s Trophies, all awards means something special.


Having been stunned in the last round, a fighter steps out of their corner with their feet back under them. He’s cautious, having been caught with a powerful left hook just minutes ago. The referee signals that both fighters may approach each other. Looking into his opponent’s eyes, the fighter can see that he intends to finish the fight in this round. The fighter steps into his opponent’s range and delivers a powerful jab to the head, receiving a right hook to the body in return. The fighter takes a step back, his opponent continues forward, intending to land a combination. The fighter slips a jab, then ducks under a wild haymaker that would have sent him reeling. The fighter, still ducking, returns an uppercut, then a hook, then another hook, all landing flush, he finishes his combination with a powerful straight, sending his opponent to the canvas. The referee begins his count. One. Two. Three…


Boxing is an incredible sport, steeped in well over a century of international history. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or not, chances are that you know at least a few names of the champions. In fact, Muhammad Ali was considered by TIME Magazine to be the most recognizable athlete of the 20th century.


The World Boxing Council was formed in 1963 as a body that would evaluate boxers on a truly international field. Today, the WBC is one of four different major bodies that organizes boxing events and awards champions across all major weight classes.


At the beginning of 2016, the WBC awarded Philadelphia’s own Danny “Swift” Garcia the welterweight championship, a belt he successfully defended in his hometown just a few weeks ago. With a record of 33 wins and no losses, “Swift” is a fighter with a chance to go down as one of the greats in the sport. Hailing from the city of brotherly love, we here at Spike’s are particularly happy to see him continue to make waves in the world of boxing. Garcia holds the same belt that was once won by Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and many others.


In 2017, Garcia will face his toughest opponent yet, Robert Thurman. At Spike’s Trophies, we’re looking forward to seeing Danny go on to be one of the greatest to ever set foot in the ring.


To learn more about everything Spike’s has to offer, from glass awards to championship belts visit us at

The American Music Awards

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we love watching musicians receive commemorations for achievement within their genres of art. Whether it’s a modern pop icon receiving a trophy for their most recent album or an influential musician being given an award for the scope of their work, everyone loves a good award show.


At Spike’s we’re primarily known for Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey Sports Trophies, but we serve the entire country in all sorts of commemorative products. In fact, this November, we’ll be watching the American Music Awards, one of the best awards shows of the season.


Started in 1973 by Dick Clark as a way for ABC to compete against the Grammys after losing the television rights, the American Music Awards were imagined as a different way to celebrate artists.  Instead of being voted on by a closed panel of members from the Recording Academy, the AMAs rely on polls of the public and fans to determine the most beloved achievements from the year.


On November 20th, the biggest music stars will be performing and receiving awards for their best singles, albums and collaborations of the year at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The host of the show has yet to be announced but will have some big shoes to fill after Jennifer Lopez last year. This awards ceremony has already made history as Hip-Hop artist Drake is up for a record setting 13 different awards. There are 28 different categories this year, allowing for over three hours of awards and musical performances.


In recent years, the trophy itself has featured a classic design. An elongated glass pyramid placed atop a black engraved base, the award is recognizable yet elegant. The statuette is manufactured each year by the Society Awards.


The American Music Awards, while not as popular as the Grammys, are still a great excuse to watch some of the biggest names in music all on one stage.


At Spike’s we’ll be watching as 28 statuettes are awarded to the musicians and performers. To learn more about everything we have to offer from sports trophies in Philadelphia to commemorative gifts across the country, visit



The Commissioner’s Trophy

Bottom of the 9th. One strike. One ball. As few as two pitches will decide a defeat or a victory and will be rewatched across the world for years to come. The pitcher covers the bottom portion of his face with his mit, staring at the catcher as he signals the next throw. The pitcher shakes his head, shakes it again and then nods in agreement. He looks towards the catcher, but his eyes are miles away, envisioning the trajectory of the ball as it cuts through the air. The pitcher pulls his hands behind his back, pulls a foot into the air and then hurls the ball towards the catcher, watching the red stitches in the ball blur as they revolve dozens of times per second. The batter locks eyes with the ball as it travels closer to the plate, slowly moving horizontally away from his chest. The batter swings…


The World Series is an undeniably exciting time to be a baseball fan, as the best team from the National League and the American League compete to be the MLB’s reigning champions. At Spike’s, we’ll be watching each game from the edges of our seats.


Known for our trophies and awards in Philadelphia, we have to respect some of the most iconic commemorative items in all of sports, one in particular is The Commissioner’s Trophy.


Awarded to the baseball team that wins The World Series each year since 1967, The Commissioner’s Trophy is one of the four most important awards in American sports, alongside the Stanley Cup, Larry O’Brien Trophy and Vince Lombardi Trophy.


The Commissioner’s Trophy was named in 1985 and stands as the only major sports trophy that does not carry the name of a person with it. The current iteration was designed in 1999 by Lawrence Voefele, and first awarded in 2000.


Manufactured by Tiffany & Co., the trophy stands more than two feet tall and is 11 inches in diameter. Depicting 30 flags around a stylized baseball diamond with a silver baseball in the center, the trophy is 30 pounds, mostly comprised of sterling silver.


On October 25th, The World Series begins.


To learn more about Spike’s and everything we have to offer from sports trophies in Philadelphia to personalized items across the country, visit

Jordan Burroughs is a Role Model for Up and Coming Athletes

One thing that we’re taught throughout life is to work hard, and you can make anything possible. There are some people that turn that bold statement into truth and encourage other people to follow in their hardworking footsteps. Jordan Burroughs is one of those people. He has a work ethic that never tires, and it helped him achieve the dream of a lifetime – an Olympic gold medal in London. And all of those success stories need to begin somewhere.


For this American wrestler, his success story began when he won his first trophy when he was just six years old. The best part about it was that it wasn’t even a trophy for winning, it was a participation trophy. That trophy impacted Jordan though and inspired him to do his best to keep winning more. It taught him exactly what hard work can do.

At Spike’s Trophies, we were inspired by Jordan Burroughs’ rise to success. We have been making and distributing trophies and awards in Philadelphia since 1929, and we hope that our products will contribute to the efforts and success of children and adults everywhere. We believe that trophies are fantastic ways to reward children and make them want to work harder to find their own success and achieve their own dreams.

From a participation trophy to an Olympic gold medal, no one can deny that Jordan Burroughs’ story is inspiring. He says that his work ethic comes from his parents, which he learned from his blue-collar construction worker father.

We have sports trophies in Philadelphia for many different types of occasions. Whether you want to motivate, encourage, or congratulate a person or a group of people for winning, participating, or for another reason why they should be proud, we know that we’ll have something for you.


For Jordan Burroughs, losing wasn’t an option. He worked hard every single day to become what he is today. We look forward to encouraging the youth of America to work as hard as him. Trophies are a motivation for hard work and success. To learn more about our trophies, awards, plaques, and more, contact us at 855-652-4030.

Come To Us For Your Fantasy Football Awards!

Are you ready for some football? Those famous words were first sung by Hank Williams Jr. in the Monday Night Football theme song. Although that’s not the theme song for Monday Night Football anymore, many people still say it (and sing it) when they’re excited about a football game. And since football season is underway, it’s time to watch your favorite teams win and your least favorite teams be left in the dust. It’s also time for fantasy football.


At Spike’s Trophies, we make trophies and award for all occasions. Whether you want a sports trophy in Philadelphia for your little soccer star or a corporate award for your company team members, we’ll be able to provide you with what you want. The good news is that we also make trophies and awards in Philadelphia, PA, and other local areas, for people who play fantasy football. We have plenty of experience in designing the custom trophy of your dreams. Since 1929, we’ve been making all kinds sports trophies, custom trophies, and awards.

Fantasy football trophies

If you’re not fully satisfied with just winning the right to brag (or money!) when you’re playing fantasy football, we have an option that will help you remember this time in your life for years to come. We can provide you with a quality fantasy football award for your league. Let the winner know that they’re triumphant and make the losers a little bit jealous of the beautiful award that they hoist up at the end of the season.

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Plenty of options

We have more than plenty of options to choose from here at Spike’s Trophies. Our New Jersey sports trophies can range from a traditional to a more contemporary style, with all types of stones, woods, marbles, glass, metals, acrylics, resins, and more. We can also customize the message that you’d like to appear on the award.

If you’d like to browse through our broad selection of awards and trophies or create a personalized one for your fantasy football league, we can help. You’ll be singing “Are you ready for some fantasy football?” in no time. To learn more about our trophies, contact us at 855-652-4030.