On Friday night, under the lights of Henry Hershey Field on the campus of the Milton Hershey School, the Hershey High School Trojans take on the Milton Hershey Spartans in the 74th Cocoa Bean Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm. The annual clash between these rivals has been presented by the Hershey Rotary Club since 1943.
Proceeds from the game go to the Hershey Community Youth Alliance (HCYA) for local and international community service projects. The HCYA consists of student leaders from Milton Hershey School and Hershey High School, and is the Hershey Rotary Club’s Interact club.
“The Cocoa Bean Bowl is a great example of Rotary’s commitment to the ideals of friendship, fellowship, and service to others in the community and throughout the world,” said Mike Kinney, President Elect of the Hershey Rotary Club. “And it’s an important part of our town’s great legacy. Milton S. Hershey himself was an Honorary Member of the Hershey Rotary Club when it was founded in 1943.”
In addition to the gridiron clash, players from both teams attend a post-game Rotary Club breakfast and each senior receives a participation pin. Rotary members also present an All-Star Trophy to the best offensive and defensive player on each team.
History, sportsmanship, and school pride are all wrapped up in this single event. And, whether you root for the blue and orange or proudly wear the brown and gold, it’s always great to see the winning team hoist the coveted Cocoa Bean trophy and display it in a place of honor in the school’s trophy case for the next year.