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!
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet, the oldest sports banquet in America, has another banner list of award winners scheduled for the 114th annual event on Monday, January 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
In addition, the PSWA banquet features a private auction consisting of autographed memorabilia, golf outings, vacations, spa packages, ticket giveaways and much more. Auction proceeds benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation in assisting those with life-altering spinal cord injuries and the families of those impacted.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will receive the Professional Athlete of the Year Award and heads an outstanding list of dais award winners and honorees. Wentz’ appearance at the banquet is hopeful, but still depends on his rehab schedule.
Another quarterback who was Professional Athlete of the Year in the past, Ron Jaworski, will definitely be in attendance. He will represent the Arena Football League champion Philadelphia Soul. The colorful and energetic Jaworski has been a highlighted speaker at a number of PSWA banquets.
Baseball will get plenty of attention, as new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler will make his first appearance at the Sports Writers banquet. He will be joined by rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins, who will receive a Special Achievement Award for his record-setting home run production in his debut as a Phillie.
In a look to the past, former Phillies centerfielder Garry Maddox will receive the Living Legend Award.
Remembering athletes with local roots has always been a keystone of the PSWA banquet, and this year is no exception. Cardinal Dougherty High School and Villanova University product Kyle Lowry will be on hand to receive the Native Son Award. Lowry is an all-star guard for the Toronto Raptors and will arrive at the evening event fresh from a Martin Luther King Day contest against the 76ers in the afternoon.
Facing Lowry that day, and accompanying him at night, will be 76er guard T.J. McConnell, recipient of the Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media. McConnell is a fan favorite, after beating the odds as an undrafted player and becoming a valuable asset to the 76ers.
Making it an NBA trifecta, 76er broadcaster Marc Zumoff will receive the Bill Campbell Award for excellence in sports journalism.
The PSWA’s signature event, the Most Courageous Athlete, will be announced at the conclusion of the dinner.
As has been the case for a number of years, sports comedian Joe Conklin will provide comedic relief at the banquet. His imitations of many sports personalities are an annual highlight of the evening.
The public is encouraged to attend. More information on the banquet and tickets ($95) are available by visiting www.phillysportswriters.com. For more information email email@example.com or call 610-279-9220.
Taliaferro Foundation Mourns the Passing of Legendary
South Jersey Football Coach Tom Curley
The Adam Taliaferro Foundation mourns the passing of former ATF Board member and legendary South Jersey football coach Tom Curley, who died September 9 at age 86.
Curley was one of South Jersey's winningest coaches with a 114-83-1 career record at Audubon and Haddon Township High Schools.
In retirement, the former coach served on the Boards of Directors for both The South Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame (SJFCA) and the Adam Taliaferro Foundation. He served as Game Director of the Annual ATF All-Star Football Classic at Rowan University since the early 2000s and helped to build the contest into one of South Jersey's most recognizable games for graduating senior athletes.
Christy, Eppinger, Cherokee High Honored by ATF During Annual Recognition Dinner
HADDONFIELD, NJ – Eastern Regional High School Athletic Trainer Casey Christy, AAA Mid-Atlantic Region President Nick Eppinger and Cherokee High School were among the 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, received the Magee Rehabilitation Professional Services Award for service and commitment to the region.
Mr. Eppinger was 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, received the Adam Taliaferro Award for Courage after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury and completing rehabilitation.
The Thomas Duffy Law Firm of Philadelphia received 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 was honored with the Dr. Harry Gamble Coaches Award for supporting the Foundation’s mission throughout a 10-year period.
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.