2014 - Annual Scholarship Dinner
Adam Taliaferro graduated from
State in 2005, and is a 2008 graduate
of Rutgers School of Law -
ranked the seventh best high school player in the nation and
member of the National Honor Society when he graduated from
Eastern High School in
NJ in 2000. He was already being
projected as a National Football League prospect.
He was offered scholarships by numerous prestigious
universities around the country and chose to attend Penn
Many will recall watching the Penn State/Ohio State game
that surreal Saturday afternoon when he suffered a
spinal-cord injury after tackling an opponent during his
freshman year. Doctors initially told him that his chances
of walking again were slight. Through
his incredible faith, determination and courage, tireless
rehabilitation and support of his family and friends he
defied the odds by walking out of McGee
Hospital an amazing five
months after his injury.
Although his career as a football
player had been cut short, his inspirational recovery was
followed throughout the nation, leading authors Scott Brown
and Sam Carchidi to chronicle his remarkable story in their
2001 book, Miracle in
Adam and his family created the Adam
Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial
and educational assistance to individuals who suffer
catastrophic head or spinal cord injuries.
The Foundation also
provides support for research and prevention of those
injuries. Adam and the Foundation host a high school
all-star game every summer titled the “Adam Taliaferro
Foundation has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception to
assist individuals and their families who have suffered
devastating injuries similar to Adam’s.
Adam has received many honors and awards, including the 2009
Philadelphia Sports Writers Humanitarian Award and Bank of
America's Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award. He was
also the honorary chairman for the 2002 Special Olympics
Summer Games and was chosen to carry the Olympic
Torch in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games!
He is serving his first term on the Board of Chosen
Freeholders of Gloucester County having been elected in
November of 2011 and was elected to the Penn State
Board of Trustees earlier in 2012.
Woolwich Township with his wife.
began working with Bristol Myers Squibb as a Healthcare
Taliaferro, 04 May 2014
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05 May 2014