Adam Taliaferro Foundation

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SAVE THE DATE: 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. 

The Classic will feature a sports festival atmosphere with athletic competition along with vendor tables open to the general public.

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

Philadelphia Eagles, Rowan University, to Be Honored by Taliaferro Foundation During Gala Dinner on March 27th

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 Friday, March 27, 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

2019-20 Adam Taliaferro Foundation Champions Contest: Sign Up Your School Today!

The Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation Champions 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 below that help student athletes and schools with fundraising efforts for the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

If your school is interested in participating in the ATF Champions Contest, please contact Glenn Merkle at (856) 279-8917 for additional information.

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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Your donation to the Adam Taliaferro Foundation will assist those individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families! Please be as generous as your means allow by using the donation button below to make a tax-free donation!

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