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!
Adam Taliaferro Foundation to Hold Inaugural Coach Larry Ginsburg ATF Classic 7 on 7 Tournament from June 24-26 at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ
GLASSBORO, NJ – The Adam Taliaferro Foundation is pleased to announce the Inaugural Coach Larry Ginsburg ATF Classic, an exciting 7 on 7 football tournament featuring high school teams in the tri-state area to be held June 24-26 at Rowan University’s Richard Wackar Football Stadium.
The 7 on 7 super tournament replaces the ATF Football Classic, held the past 27 years at Rowan University.
“The landscape of high school football and the schedules that local programs are required to participate in has been a changing dynamic,” said Adam Taliaferro, Chairman of the Foundation. “Our coaches and members of our Board designed this new tournament in response to these changes.”
The Coach Larry Ginsburg ATF Classic, a 7 on 7 touch football tournament, is open to all schools and youth leagues 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.
Up to 64 teams may participate in the competition. Teams will compete on two different fields in pool play contests on June 24 and June 25, with winners advancing to the championship rounds on June 26.
The Classic will feature a sports festival atmosphere with athletic competition along with vendor tables open to the general public over several days.
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 www.taliaferrofoundation.org.
Dr. Robert Greenleaf, Steve Goodell, Mary Schmidt Read, Drew Bilotta Honored During Gala on March 8th
Mary Schmidt Read
PHILADELPHIA – Reconstructive Orthopedics physician Dr. Robert Greenleaf, Raymond James Senior Vice President Drew Bilotta, Magee Rehabilitation’s Mary Schmidt Read, and NJSIAA Attorney Steve Goodell were among the recipients during the Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation Gala on Friday, March 8th at Penns Landing Caterers in Philadelphia.
Dr. Greenleaf (see photoi) was the recipient of the Andre and Addie Taliaferro Award for Service. He serves on the ATF’s Executive Board and has helped to raise awareness of the ATF’s mission in exemplary fashion through his oversight of the Annual ATF Medical Symposium and additional Foundation activities.
Mr. Goodell, a long-time attorney for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the governing body for New Jersey high school sports, received the Adam Taliaferro Award for Courage.
Mr. Bilotta received the AAA Business Award for service and commitment to the community. His firm Raymond James has steadfastly supported the Foundation’s mission to assist patients with spinal cord injuries
Mary Schmidt-Read, PT, DPT, MS, Program Director for the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley and Research Coordinator at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, received the Magee Rehabilitation Professional Services Award for service and commitment.
In addition, Gloucester Catholic High School and Haddonfield Memorial High School’s Maggie Gammie were the co-recipients of the Dr. Harry Gamble Coaches Award for supporting the Foundation’s mission throughout a multi-year-year period.
ATF Recognition Awards were 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: Robert Greenleaf, MD, Reconstructive Orthopedics, Mount Laurel, NJ, ATF Board of Directors Member
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: Drew Bilotta, Raymond James Inc., Devon, PA
Adam Taliaferro Award (courage): Given to an individual(s) who has overcome severe adversity in their life.
Recipient: Steve Goodell, Esq., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, Robbinsville, NJ
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: Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester, NJ
Recipient: Maggie Gammie, Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield, NJ
Magee Professional Service Award: Presented to an individual who exemplifies outstanding service and commitment to the rehabilitation spectrum.
Recipient: Mary Schmidt Read (see photo), Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets are $150 apiece and may be ordered by emailing ATF@mageerehab.org.
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.