Adam Taliaferro Foundation

  Lending a helping hand to individuals who have suffered life-altering spinal injuries

Adam Taliaferro Foundation Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Board Member Joel L. Vittori

The Adam Taliaferro Foundation mourns the passing of long-time ATF Board Member Joel L. Vittori on April 2, 2020.

Joel was member of the ATF Board for over 10 years and was instrumental in the success of the Foundation. As CEO of AAA South Jersey, Joel established the Foundation's initial partnership with AAA SJ that is still in existence today. The ATF held a special place in Joel’s heart and the family has designated the ATF as one of two charities where donations can be made in Joel’s name.

Should you wish to donate to the Foundation in Joel’s name you can send a check to:

Adam Taliaferro Foundation

PO Box 8232

Turnersville, NJ 08012

For more on Joel Vittori, please visit click here. 

Adam Taliaferro Foundation Announces Updates 
to Spring 2020 Events

The Adam Taliaferro Foundation has announced updates to the following events originally scheduled for Spring 2020. The events have either been canceled or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* The Champions Luncheon, originally scheduled for April 28 at Lincoln Financial Field, has been canceled. 

* The ATF Medical Symposium, originally scheduled for May 18th at Total Turf Experience in Pitman, NJ, has been postponed. The Foundation will announce a new date in the near future.

* The Coach Larry Ginsburg 7 x 7 Football Classicoriginally scheduled for June 27th, at Rowan University has been canceled., 

* The ATF Gala has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 1, at The Ballroom at The Ben in Philadelphia. 

POSTPONED --- Adam Taliaferro Foundation Postpones 2020 Medical Symposium for Athletic Trainers, Coaches & Health Care Professionals!

The Adam Taliaferro Foundation has postponed our Medical Symposium for Athletic Trainers and Health Care Professionals on Monday, May 18, at Total Turf Experience in Pitman, NJ due to health care concerns associated with the outbreak of COVID-19.

We are currently working with our partners to reschedule the event, and we will notify you of a new date as soon as this is finalized.
Thank you for your understanding in our decision to postpone the Medical Symposium and for your support of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

NEW DATE: Philadelphia Eagles, Rowan University, to Be Honored by Taliaferro Foundation During Gala Dinner

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles, Rowan University Athletics, and former Woodstown High School Athletic Director Glenn Merkle will be among the recipients of Adam Taliaferro Foundation Recognition Awards during the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at The Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Eagles will be the recipient of the AAA Award, given to organizations that have, through their generosity and commitment, helped guide the Foundation to achieve its goals. 

Rowan University will be the Recipient of the Dr. Harry Gamble Coaches Award for supporting the Foundation’s mission throughout a multi-year period. Glenn Merkle will be the recipient of the Andre and Addie Taliaferro Award for Service and Commitment. 

The dinner is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ATF Recognition Awards will be bestowed as follows: 

Andre and Addie Taliaferro Award (Service and Commitment): Given to a person who through their dedication and commitment has assisted the Adam Taliaferro Foundation in achieving its goals.

Recipient: Glenn Merkle, Woodstown High School, Woodstown, NJ 

AAA Award (Business or Businesses): Given to a business or organization that has, through its generosity and commitment, helped guide the Foundation to achieve its goals (named after AAA because of its steadfast support and commitment to the Foundation)

Recipient: Philadelphia Eagles, National Football League, Philadelphia, PA

Adam Taliaferro Award (courage): Given to an individual(s) who has overcome severe adversity in their life.

Recipient: Matt Helm, Philadelphia, PA 

Dr. Harry Gamble Coaches’ Award: Given annually to a school or schools that support the Adam Taliaferro Foundation and all the Foundation stands for.

Recipient: Rowan University Athletics, Glassboro, NJ 

ATF 2020 Special Recognition Award: Given annually to an organization that unselfishly supports the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

Recipient: Ed Myer South Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials

Tickets are $250 apiece and may be ordered by emailing

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CANCELED: 2nd Annual Coach Larry Ginsburg ATF Classic 

7 on 7 Tournament Set for June 27, 2020  at Rowan University 

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Adam Taliaferro Foundation is pleased to announce the Second Annual Coach Larry Ginsburg ATF Classic, an exciting 7 on 7 football tournament featuring high school teams in the tri-state area, will be held June 27, 2020 at Rowan University’s Richard Wackar Football Stadium.

The Coach Larry Ginsburg ATF Classic, a 7 on 7 touch football tournament, is open to all schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Classic is named in honor of former Eastern Regional High football skipper Larry Ginsburg, Adam’s high school coach and a founding board member of the ATF. 

Teams will compete on two different fields in pool play contests in opening rounds followed by semifinals and championship competition rounds. In 2019, Camden High School captured the Inaugural Classic with a triumph in the championship contest vs. Cherry Hill West. 

Please contact Gus Ostrum, Executive Director, Adam Taliaferro Foundation, at (609) 502-0424 for additional information on registering or becoming a sponsor of the tournament, or visit

Apply for a 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.

Email your application to: 

Mary Schmidt:

Gus Ostrum: 


Application for Taliaferro Financial Award


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