Kevin Wiggins – Football
Kevin Wiggins ’14 enrolled at Milton Hershey School in ninth grade after his brother passed away. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Kevin began playing sports when he was four years old.
Football was the first sport he ever played, and Kevin stuck with it. He excelled on the football field at MHS and gained a large support system along the way.
“At MHS home games, our crowd was always supportive,” he said. “It was a great family atmosphere. The community always showed love and support.”
At the end of his senior season, Kevin met the football coach from Millersville University.
“He was very interested in not only me but my family, too,” Kevin explained. “He cared about my academics more than he cared about me being an athlete—that really stuck out to me.”
After graduating from MHS in 2014, Kevin went on to become a wide receiver at Millersville University. He has started every game since his freshman year and enjoys the fast-paced nature of the sport.
“College football has a faster pace than high school,” Kevin said. “Everyone is good, so you really have to work during the off season to perfect your craft.”
Just like at MHS, commitment is extremely important. Kevin trains all summer through weight-lifting and conditioning. His dedication and impressive work ethic—skills he learned at MHS—helped him become the first freshman receiver to lead the Millersville team in receptions and touchdowns. He also was nominated for Freshman of the Year and the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team—a select group of players from all NCAA classifications that are dedicated to volunteerism and helping others.
“The work ethic I had to put in at MHS, and the coaches believing in me, helped boost my confidence,” said Kevin. “[I learned] how to put in the time and effort to get better.”
During his junior year at Millersville, Kevin was selected for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) all-conference and became the second fastest player in Millersville school history to reach 80 catches.
As he approaches his senior year at Millersville University, Kevin’s goal is to become the leading receiver in school history. His name also has been recommended for the NFL draft projection board after graduation.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s something I’ve looked forward to since I was young and something I’ve worked for,” he added.
Kevin studies marketing and is thankful for the support he continues to receive from MHS coaches who travel to Millersville to see him play each season. The lessons and friendships he’s gained through football are what motivate him to achieve success.
“Football is a brotherhood that has team chemistry,” he said. “It usually involves life lessons, so take it seriously from day one. Always put in what you want to get out of it.”
*Photos courtesy of Millersville University.
Many MHS Spartans go on to compete at a professional level in a variety of sports and credit MHS with teaching them the value of hard work, discipline and teamwork. Whether they’re setting records on the basketball court or playing in the Super Bowl, these dedicated athletes have earned Spartan success! Read their stories.