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Welcome to the home page of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation!

The Adam Taliaferro Foundation provides emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware. The foundation also provides educational and financial support related to the research, prevention and care of spinal injuries.

Over the years the Foundation has established itself as one of the most prestigious sports organizations of its kind, and with continued public support and interest, the ATF will continue to positively impact the local sports scene!

Be sure to click on the pages and news items on this web site to learn more about the Adam Taliaferro Foundation. And make sure to support the Foundation financially as we carry out our mission to help others with spinal cord injuries.

Adam Taliaferro Foundation -- SJFCA All-Star Classic Football Rosters Announced

GLASSBORO -- Rosters have been announced and are attached for the Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation--South Jersey Football Coaches Association (SJFCA)  Blue-White All-Star Classic.

The annual game will be played July 2, 2014 at Rowan University in Glassboro at 7 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

A press conference will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1 p.m., at Rowan University in Glassboro to introduce those players selected for the annual All-Star Football Classic.


Rosters for 2014 Game

The press conference will be held in the Rowan University Student Center to formally introduce the players on both rosters, according to retired Haddon Township football coach Tom Curley, who heads the Taliaferro Foundation committee in charge of the game, which attracted 4,500 fans for the June 2013 contest.

Taliaferro, the former Eastern standout, was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in 2000. He has made a remarkable recovery and is now a lobbyist for an international pharmaceutical corporation.

The Adam Taliaferro Foundation ( was started in 2001, and has raised nearly $1 million, helping others who have incurred spinal injuries throughout the tri-state area.

The mission of the Foundation is to not only provide financial but emotional support for victims of spinal cord injuries and education to treat and prevent future injuries. In addition, the foundation provides yearly scholarships to high school students.

For more information on the football game, contact Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.

S.J. Football Coaches Association Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

 GLASSBORO – The South Jersey Football Coaches Association has announced its Class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

To be inducted will be:

 High School Coach:                PJ Mehigan

 Professional Player:                 Dino Hall                               

 Distinguished Service:            Joseph Cacia

 Legends (post playoffs):         Jeff Smith

 Legends (pre playoffs):           Vince DeLaurentis   

 Assistant Coach:                     Gerry Taraschi

The recipients will be honored during an induction banquet on Tuesday, July 1, at 6 p.m., at Masso’s Caterers in Glassboro, NJ. Tickets for the banquet are $30 and may be obtained by calling (856) 582-0212.


PJ Mehigan  (High School Coach)

A long-time head coach in South Jersey, Mehigan has enjoyed outstanding success at his alma mater, Cherokee High School.

At Cherokee, he guided his teams to South Jersey Group IV championships in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013.  He has posted a record of 105-28 since 2001, which includes five conference championships. Mehigan is a Cherokee High and Rowan University graduate.


Dino Hall (Professional Player)

 A graduate of Pleasantville High School, Dino played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns from 1979-1983 where he was a running back and Special teams player. While with the Browns, he set 9 team records and 1 NFL mark. In a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dino returned 9 punts, an NFL record that still stands. In 1985 he played for the Portland Breakers of the USFL.


Dino was a member of the All-NCAA Division 3 Baseball Team at Glassboro State in 1978 when Glassboro won the College World Series.  As the leftfielder, Dino was named MVP. In football, Dino was named a Kodak All-American in 1978 and was also Glassboro State’s MVP in 1977 and 1978


Dino coached JV Baseball at Glassboro State in 1983 and later coached high school football for 4 years. Dino is in his 29th year of teaching Physical Education/Recreation at Pleasantville High School.  


Joe Cacia (Distinguished Service)

 Following his scholastic and collegiate playing days at St. James and West Chester, he built an outstanding career in coaching and distinguished service,


At St. James, he coached the Spartans to a 26-16-1 record from 1962 to 1968, winning a pair of South Jersey Parochial C championships. He also coached St. James’ baseball teams to a record of 53-24, which included three straight SJ Parochial C titles from 1963 to 1965.

 He later rebuilt Hammonton High’s football program in the late 1960s and 1970s, compiling a 47-14-2 record and winning four Cape-Atlantic and a South Jersey Group 1 crown.


Jeff Smith (Legends (Post-Playoffs)

 A 1997 Pitman High graduate, Smith was a standout two-way lineman for the Panthers who earned All South Jersey and All-State honors as a senior while also playing in the Rotary Bowl, He also starred in wrestling and track and field for Pitman for three years.


Smith played football at Bloomsburg University and earned NCAA Division II honors as an offensive tackle. He helped Bloomsburg to an appearance in the NCAA Division II national championship game as a senior.


Vince DeLaurentis (Legends Pre-Playoffs)

 DeLaurentis was a 1950 Hammonton High and 1955 University of Alabama graduate who starred in football and proved to be one of South Jersey’s all time best defensive players. A Hammonton, he was selected as All-County, All Cape-Atlantic and All-State teams during his senior year.

 At Alabama, he led the Crimson Tide to an appearance in the Cotton Bowl and started every game at linebacker and center his junior and senior years. Vince later served as head coach and assistant football coach at his alma mater, Hammonton High.

Gerry Taraschi (Assistant Coach)

Taraschi is considered one of South Jersey’s top assistant football coaches in a career that has spanned more than 30 years at Paulsboro High, Washington Township and Kingsway while also serving as head coach for two seasons at Paulsboro High, winning South Jersey Coach of the Year honors in 1986 after a 10-1 campaign.

He was elected to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.


Become a Taliaferro Foundation Booster!

The Adam Taliaferro Foundation is conducting a Booster Drive to raise awareness of the Foundation. Your tax-deductible membership donation will help the Foundation provide financial and emotional assistance to those individuals with spinal cord injuries.


Click below to learn more about the benefits of becoming a booster  and how you can join:


Benefits of Booster Club Membership


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Apply for Taliaferro Foundation Award

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.


Application for Taliaferro Financial Award