Adam Taliaferro was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in a game at Ohio State in 2000. After spinal-fusion surgery, doctors told Adam's parents their son would probably never walk again. Three months later, the miracle was completed as Adam walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Today the miracle continues as Adam embarks on a career with one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies!
Former Eagles star wide receivers Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael will serve as honorary coaches for the 26th annual Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic on June 29 at Rowan University.
The head coaches and players for the White and Blue teams were introduced at a press conference at Rowan's Student Center on Sunday afternoon.
Chris Crowley of Deptford will coach the White team, and Steve Everett of Willingboro will coach the Blue team.
Proceeds from the game will benefit the Adam Taliarferro Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support for victims of spinal cord injuries.
The foundation, which was started in 2001, has raised nearly $1 million to date.
Taliaferro, a former Eastern High School star, was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in 2000. He has made a remarkable recovery and is a lobbyist for an international pharmaceutical firm.
Taliaferro addressed the players and members of the families on Sunday, urging them to make the most of the experience, which will include three days of practice and dormitory-living at Rowan in advance of the game.
Game officials announced that for the first time the event will include a combine-like session with competitive drills on the afternoon of the game for rising seniors, juniors and sophomores.
In addition, players at this year's game will wear the Guardian soft-shell helmet cover to absorb impact of a collision.
J.J. Scarpello, Seneca; Andrew Donoghue, Ocean City; Reggie Jean-Charles, Holy Spirit; Daivon Seymore, Vineland; Chris Fryar, Burlington City; Zeke Ennis, St. Augustine; Shawn Levondosky, Shawnee; Tayshon Evans, Pleasantville; Ricardo Patterosn, Willingboro; Charles Hall, Delran; Coreu Carlson, Lower Cape May; Jon Vega, Hammonton; Noah Carroll, Lenape; Eric Lavai, Ocean City; Nick Elskamp, Cherokee; Garrett Blesi, Seneca; Antjony Martinez, Pemberton; Jack Eidenberg, Middle Twp.; Bobby Cristella, Holy Cross; Justin McMaster, Willingboro; Julian Singh, Lenape; Nick Sottnick, Wildwood; Conor Agostino, Egg Harbor; Alex Walk, Absegami; Fabian Fanfan, Maple Shade; Keith Swartley, Cinnaminson; Elijah Hardee, St. Joseph; Justin Sadusky, Rancocas Valley; Jordan Miro, Buena; Mike Mascioli, St. Joseph; Khalim Cisse, Willingboro; Darius Porter, Millville; Gavin Liepe, Holy Spirit; Matt Konzelmann, Rancocas Valley; Jurelle Watson, Seneca; Mark Granberry, Northern Burlington; Garrett Tetzloff, Palmyra; Zion Howard, Moorestown; Shaun Davilla, Cinnaminson; Aaron Jackson, Atlantic City; Eric Best, Burlington City; Nasir Brister, Burlington Twp.; Pat Moran, Cedar Creek.
Jahmir Chatman, Audubon; Isaiah Anfield, Camden; Rasheed Pollard, Camden; Kyle Dupree, Camden Catholic; Gary Jackson, Cherry Hill East; Chase Tinsley, Cherry Hill West; Jamar Frazier, Clayton; Jarett Baker, Clearview; Nick Barnes, Collingswood; Riley Giles, Deptford; Cliff Pierce, Deptford; Cade Regn, Eastern; Marc Scambia, Gateway; Taj DeFrance, Glassboro; Shaun Sulpizio, Gloucester; Neil McGee, Gloucester Catholic; Justin Gallo, Haddonfield; Jake Barr, Haddon Heights; Eric DeCrescenzo, Haddon Twp; Gavin Curley, Haddon Twp.; Orlando Council, Highland; Matt McBride, Highland; Darrius Scott, Kingsway; Jhaki Johnson, Lindenwold; Marques DeShields, Overbrook; Kyle Jones, Paulsboro; Jay Jay Vaughters, Paul VI; Martin Booker Jr., Pennsauken; Logan Johnston, Pennsville; Phil Iannella, Pitman; Jamere Furbush, Salem; Dylan Dowd, Schalick; Dexter Miller, Timber Creek; Dimere Kyles, Timber Creek; Jake Brown, Triton; Dave Grosmick, Washington Twp.; Gio Gismondi, West Deptford; Nick Savagliano, Williamstown; Bill McGrath, Williamstown; Charles McCall, Winslow; Mike Moten, Woodbury; Tyler Parsons, Woodrow Wilson; Jelani McCargo, Woodrow Wilson; Ed Hollingsworth, Woodstown.
Christy, Eppinger, Cherokee High Honored by ATF During Annual Recognition Dinner on March 29
HADDONFIELD, NJ – Eastern Regional High School Athletic Trainer Casey Christy, AAA Mid-Atlantic Region President Nick Eppinger and Cherokee High School will be amongthe recipients during the Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, March 29, at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield,
Christy, who has helped to sponsor many medical training events in South Jersey, will receive the Magee Rehabilitation Professional Services Award for service and commitment to the region.
Mr. Eppinger will be the recipient of the Andre and Addie Taliaferro Award for Service. He serves on the ATF’s Board and has served as the Foundation’s Golf Outing Chairperson for six years to help raise funds to treat spinal cord injuries. He has helped to raise awareness of the ATF’s mission in exemplary fashion.
Dr. James George, a prominent South Jersey physician for several decades, will receive the Adam Taliaferro Award for Courage after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury and completing rehabilitation.
The Thomas Duffy Law Firm of Philadelphia will receive the AAA Business Award for service and commitment to the community. The firm has steadfastly supported the Foundation’s mission to assist patients with spinal cord injuries
Cherokee High School will be honored with the Dr. Harry Gamble Coaches Award for supporting the Foundation’s mission throughout a 10-year period. The school has donated proceeds from the Annual Cherry Hill East Invitational Basketball Tournament to the Foundation.
The dinner is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
GLASSBORO – The South Jersey Football Coaches Association
(SJFCA) is seeking nominations for its Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.
Categories up for nominations include:
Nominations may be submitted by clicking on the link below and submitting the form to John Cutsavage, SJFCA, by emailing him at [email protected]
The recipients will be honored during an induction banquet on Wednesday, June 28, at 6 p.m., at Masso’s Caterers in Glassboro, NJ.
The Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation Community Service Athlete of the Year Contest raises school and community spirit while raising funds for an important cause – and, at the same time, gives student-athletes a chance to earn a scholarship.
Each school nominates a male and female athlete, and votes are solicited throughout the region. Every dollar collected for the athlete translates into a vote.
Please click on the forms found under the Community Service button on this home page (see above and below) that help student athletes and schools with fundraising efforts for the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.
If your school is interested in participating in the Community Service Athlete of the Year Contest, please contact Glenn Merkle at (609) 279-8917 for additional information.
Attention all families and patients needing financial assistance. If you have a need for financial aid due to a qualifying medical condition from a spinal cord injury, please look over the application below and contact a member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Medical Committee.