Hometown: Windsor, NC
Career goal: to become a physical therapist
Congratulations to today’s Hercules Scholarship winner, Corey Damonte Cherry, a freshman kinesiology major from Windor, North Carolina. Corey graduated in the top 10% of his high school class and earned a scholarship to Elizabeth City during his sophomore year.
His desire to major in kinesiology came from an unfortunate event. After a knee injury during his senior year in high school, he took a special interest in learning about how the body works. Luckily, the injury did not keep him from receiving his scholarship. He has since healed and continues to play the game he loves.
Corey is mainly influenced by his mother and father, who taught him valuable life lessons that he carries to this day. Corey says, “Each morning, their father-son talks were the ingredients that set me on the path to guide my life.” These talks a mirrored by his coaches at Elizabeth City State and are an extension of the discipline and values that he received growing up, he adds.
Beyond his future career aspirations, Corey has a desire to contribute to society in many ways, including reading to children, coaching at recreation centers, volunteering at animal shelters and talking to high school students about getting involved in their communities.
He is inspired by this quote by President Barack Obama:
“One voice can change a room. And if the voice can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation, it can change the world…(y)our voice can change the world tomorrow.”