College Football Game Recognizes Players and National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month


Penn State and Ohio State University take to the football field on September 23 but all the important action may not be during the game. These two rival schools have come together as one to deliver an important message in a one-minute segment between quarters.

Spinal cord injury is a very real danger in football. On September 23rd, three people who have been affected by spinal cord injury, Adam Taliaferro, Tyson Gentry and Rosemarie Rossetti, will bring attention to this injury during National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

Adam Taliaferro, a Penn State player, was injured 6 years ago during the last minute of the Penn State vs. OSU game in Columbus and was immediately treated for his injuries at the OSU Medical Center.
The day of this event marks the sixth anniversary of his injury. Tyson Gentry, an OSU punter/receiver injured just 5 months ago. Finally, there is Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2004, who was injured by a falling tree while riding her bicycle, 8 years ago.

She also received rehabilitation treatment for her injury at OSU and started a spinal cord injury research fund.