Volume LVSpecial Inaugural Edition January 2008Number 1

Former PSU Player
Inspires Masonic Youth

It was a touchdown followed by a two-point conversion at the 92nd Annual Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 F. & A.M. Banquet on Nov. 7, 2007, when Adam Taliaferro, former Penn State football player, shared his message of courage and perseverance.

The banquet was open to Masons, family, friends, Masonic youth and residents of Masonic Village and Elizabethtown. Adam's story started on Sept. 23, 2000, when, with less then two minutes remaining in the Penn State game against rival Ohio State, he made a routine tackle that changed the course of his life. The Voorhees, N.J., native had broken his neck-the same injury suffered by actor Christopher Reeves. He was given only a three percent chance of ever walking again, but Adam's parents had very different ideas, and did not tell him the prognosis. His drive to re-learn everything he learned as a baby-how to sit up, how to crawl and finally, how to walk, enabled him to recover, and to lead the PSU team onto the field one year after the accident. Coach Joe Paterno calls Adam, "Our Miracle." His message was both captivating and inspirational, and it wowed the crowd of nearly 300 who attended the banquet held at the Freemasons Cultural Center in Elizabethtown.

As Worshipful Master Gerald I. Fretwell introduced Adam, he noted that prior to his injury, Adam was an outstanding NFL prospect as a cornerback, was ranked the seventh best high school player in the nation and graduated as a National Honor Society member. Offered scholarships to numerous schools, Adam chose to play for Penn State. After his recovery, he stayed with the team as a coach, managing to graduate four years from his original enrollment. In spring 2008, he will graduate from Rutgers University Law School.

Following his presentation, Adam fielded questions and mingled with many well-wishers and Penn State fans who lined up to talk to him, get autographs and pose for pictures with him. Adam spent a lot of time talking to members of Job's Daughter's Bethel No. 15 and Elizabethtown DeMolay who had attended the evening, and who walked away with a greater appreciation for those things that are truly important in life: family, friends, education and faith.

Left to right: Kari Labagh, Andrew Stueckroth, Jordan Specht,
Mackenzie Kauffman, Matthew Eberts, Adam Taliaferro,
Jarrid Baker & Christian Louer.
Jarrid Baker speaks with
Adam Taliaferro after the banquet.

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