Feature: Joey Corado Impacts Hershey High School On and Off the Field

Lauren Cribbs, Reporter

Hershey High School (HHS) junior, Joey Corado, is the varsity kicker for the Trojans Football team and an avid athlete.

During Corado’s time at HHS, he has had many accomplishments as an athlete. He has been the varsity starting kicker since his freshman year, plays point guard for the varsity basketball team, and is shortstop for the baseball team. 

Corado has attended several camps, one being Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camp. He has been attending Kohl’s camp for three years now, and in 2019, Corado was given a 4.5/5 star kicker rating.  

According to Kohl’s, “He is athletic, coordinated, and an explosive athlete. He possesses the rare ability to be a high level Power 5 combo prospect.” 

Corado has impacted the school in many ways – not only through athletics.

Kohl’s Kicking, a professional camp for kickers, punters, and snappers, started a program called Kick-It Champion which teams up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to spread awareness and raise money for cancer research. Corado brought this campaign to HHS after visiting a camp through Kohl’s Kicking the summer before his sophomore year. Corado and HHS worked together to raise a combined total of $9,778 over the past two years. 

“I raise money for the kids. I know everyone has been affected by cancer somehow, either a family member or friend, so I am just trying to make a difference for a small part of a big problem,” says Corado. 

Corado has also contributed to a club called “Best Buddies” which is an organization bringing together special education students to participate in community events. Students who are in the club help with activities such as Special Olympics, and most importantly, form a bond.

Across Hershey High School, Corado has made an impact on the student body. Scott Govern, HHS’s Athletic Director said, “Joey has a good pulse on the student body and where people are and where they’re not. Because of his energy and attitude, he is very popular with everyone, so he has the ability to reach out to not just student athletes but the rest of the kids in the student population.”

Along with everything Corado has accomplished, his team has always come first.

“My teammates are my favorite part of being on a team because being around the same group of guys becomes a brotherhood and that’s what makes it fun,” said Corado.

Max Schmidt, a senior teammate on the HHS football team said, “His teamwork and work ethic will get him far, and I cannot wait to see what he does in life.”

Corado has impacted everyone on his team regardless of age or position.   Sophomore Alec Angello said, “Joey has been a great influence on underclassmen by showcasing the importance of hard work by always showing up and working hard.”

Joey Corado kicks for a field goal. Corado will kick for his final year at Hershey High School as a senior in the 2020-2021 school year. (Broadcaster/Lauren Cribbs)