Milton Hershey School and Hershey Football Teams Celebrate Together at Cocoa Bean Breakfast
On Monday, Sept. 25, Milton Hershey School and Hershey High School football players and coaches shared breakfast together in honor of the Cocoa Bean game. The Spartans won the 74th annual game on Friday, Sept. 16, 46-7.
Traditionally, the teams share a breakfast in the weeks following the game. The breakfast is a celebration of sportsmanship and unity.
MHS Athletic Director Bob Guyer addressed the breakfast’s attendees.
“I am in a unique position to speak to you today because I wore both the Blue and the Orange and the Brown and the Gold,” said Guyer. “Some of you may have tremendous strength or incredible speed, but what lies between your breast bone and backbone [your heart] is your most important asset.”
As a high school student, Guyer played in the Cocoa Bean game as a quarterback and defensive back for Hershey High School. Before becoming the athletic director at MHS, he coached the MHS Spartans to nine Cocoa Bean wins.
Awards also were presented to players for their outstanding sportsmanship and athletic performance. This year, the Rotary Club of Hershey honored MHS seniors Keonte Lucas and Travis Tolomei. Lucas was awarded the MHS Offensive Player of the Game for the third consecutive year while Tolomei was recognized as the MHS Defensive Player of the Game.
The Cocoa Bean game began in 1943 as a community service project of Rotary and the Hershey Civic Club. All proceeds from the game go to the Hershey Community Youth Alliance for local and international community service projects.