Marple Newtown Student Athletes Recognized by The Adam Taliaferro Foundation!

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Mr. Chris Gicking, MNHS Athletic Director, Mrs. Julie Rufo, Assistant Athletic Director, and Mr. Christian Jaspersen, MNHS Assistant Principal, accompanied three senior student athletes being recognized for their service to the high school and surrounding community through the Adam Taliaferro Foundation. Shannon McCarthy, Anthony Paoletti, and Kristen Rutecki attended the luncheon as guests with many of their peers from high schools throughout the Delaware Valley. Following the luncheon, Adam Taliaferro, a former Penn State University defensive standout who was diagnosed with a paralyzing spinal cord injury following a tackle in a game at Ohio State in 2000, provided remarks relative to his journey to overcome an initial medical determination he would never walk again. Also, Adam provided insight into the manner in which the experience contributed to the mission of his foundation: Lending a helping hand to individuals who have suffered life-altering spinal injuries. Following Adam’s heroic story, our students were able to tour Lincoln Financial Field, including the players’ locker room and media center. The tour culminated into an opportunity for students to “walk down the tunnel” to the stadium field itself and spend time basking in the glory of being a Super Bowl Champion.

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