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 phamrmacetical companies!
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 sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware. The foundation also provides educational and financial support related to the research, prevention and care of such 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.
PHILADELPHIA – The Adam Taliaferro Foundation and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital will partner for the 3rd Annual Taliaferro Foundation/Magee Golf Outing on Monday, October 21, 2013 at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Taliaferro was a patient at Magee, a US News & World Report best physical and cognitive rehabilitation hospital, back in 2000 when Taliaferro, a freshman cornerback for Penn State, received a spinal cord injury while making a clean hit in a game against Ohio State. Told he may never walk again, after 3 grueling months of therapy at Magee, and with the unyielding support of his family, Taliaferro walked out of Magee on his own, shifted his focus and talents away from the football field and graduated from Penn State. He went to law school and became a lawyer, and now works as a lobbyist for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Proceeds from the golf outing—which includes golf, dinner, cocktails and auctions—will benefit spinal cord injury research, rehabilitation, and quality of life programs supported by both the Adam Taliaferro Foundation and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Adam Taliaferro Foundation provides emotional, financial and educational support to student athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal cord injuries in sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware.
To participate in the golf outing or to obtain more information, please contact Christina Freeman, Magee Development Office, at (215) 587-3145, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Gus Ostrum, Adam Taliaferro Foundation, at (609) 502-0424 or email email@example.com.
If you are interested in a sponsorship of the Taliaferro/Magee Golf Outing, please click on the link below for more information:
If you would like to contribute to the silent auction, please see the form below for additional information.
South Jersey Football Coaches Association Honors 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
The South Jersey Football Coaches Association honored their Class of 2013 Hall of Fame inductees on June 26, 2013..
High School Coach: Reggie Lawrence
Pro Active: Phil Costa
Pro Inactive: Todd McNair
Distinguished Service: Jim Doyle
Legends (Post-playoffs): Brian Matera
Legends (Pre-playoffs): Arnold Byrd
Assistant Coach: Mike McDevitt
The recipients were honored duuring an induction banquet on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Masso’s Caterers in Glassboro, NJ.
Reggie Lawrence (High School Coach)
With 16 years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Lawrence is the current Willingboro High coach who has also enjoyed success at Camden, Pennsauken, and Jackson Liberty. Coach Lawrence has over 100 career victories in his career, and recently built the Willingboro program into a playoff contender in Group 2 after taking over a team that had an 0-10 record.
Coach Lawrence is a former star athlete himself and a Camden High alumnus.
Phil Costa (Active Professional Player)
One of the best centers in all of pro football, Costa, 25, started every game for the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 and helped the team enjoy a superb offensive season. He spent most of 2012 on the injured list, but is expected to make a full comeback in the coming 2013 campaign after just signing a two-year contract extension.
Costa is a Holy Cross High School graduate and former All-South Jersey player. He later starred at The University of Maryland.
Todd McNair (Retired Professional Football Player)
A former Pennsauken High and Temple University standout, McNair played professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Oilers. He filled a variety of roles, including acting as lead blocker, special teams, and third-down back.By the end of his career, he ran for 803 yards with 3 touchdowns, caught 252 passes with 7 touchdowns and averaged 18.6 yards on kickoff returns, retiring as the Chiefs' 10th all-time receiver.
McNair retired from professional football in 1996 and began coaching at Camden High School. McNair was the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2001 to 2003, and joined USC in 2004 as an assistant coach.
Jim Doyle (Distinguished Service)
A legendary coach and former athletic director, Doyle spent 35 years coaching football and track at Glassboro, Lenape and Triton from 1957 through 1992.
Doyle compiled a career record of 91-63-7 in football at Glassboro and Triton. His Triton and Glassboro teams combined for six Olympic Conference championships, from 1957 through 1978, including an 8-0 campaign in 1968 at Triton.
He coached Glassboro High to the first-ever Olympic Conference track championship in 1959. His final dual meet record in track was a respectable 159-146-2.
Brian Matera (Legends (Post-Playoffs)
One of Pennsauken High School's greatest players under legndary coach Vince McAneney, Matera -- who tragically died in 1990 -- was a three-year starter for the Indians at linebacker prior to graduating in 1976. He earned All-South Jersey honors and was selected as an All-American by Scholastic Magazine.
He later starred at the University of Maryland, where he played in three bowl games and a college all-star game inm the old Japan Bowl. He later tried out as a free agent for the Eagles in 1980.
Arnold Byrd (Legends Pre-Playoffs)
A member of Camden High’s Class of 1957, Byrd is the Executive Director for the Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity (OEO), Inc. A longtime resident of Camden, he began his tenure with Camden County OEO in 1975 and has served with distinction as Executive Director since 1984
He received the Oaks Award, the highest academic award for a male student, a member of the National Honor Society, and was All-State and All-South Jersey in two sports in high school. He received an athletic and academic scholarship to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and in 1960, he was voted most valuable football player and excelled and lettered in three sports while at Rutgers.
Mike McDevitt (Assistant Coach)
One of the region's top football coaches, McDevitt has served as an assistant coach for many years for four different schools, including as line coach presently at Haddonfield Memorial since 2006. He was previously an assistant line coach at Cherry Hill East, Pitman and Gloucester Catholic dating back to 1987.
McDevitt also served as Gloucester Catholic head coach from 1989 through 1993, making two appearances in state championship games.
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:
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.