On May 22, N.J. General Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Adam
Taliaferro paid the Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) baseball team an
early morning visit. The Roadrunners were selected as the No. 1 overall seed as
they head into the upcoming 2019 NJCAA Division III World Series, and
Taliaferro stopped by to provide a jolt of inspiration.
In 2000, Taliaferro boasted a promising future in football
as a top-rated freshman member of Penn State’s Nittany Lions, but sustained a
career-ending spinal cord injury. Fighting his way to recovery despite the
odds, he returned to Penn State as a student-assistant coach, before going on
to establish the Adam Taliaferro Foundation to support those with spinal cord
injuries, work as a lawyer and a healthcare advocate and serve as a member of
the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders until his appointment to the
N.J. General Assembly.
Taliaferro congratulated the Roadrunners for all of their
accomplishments this season, thus far. Then he spoke to the team about the
power of perseverance and the satisfaction that comes from performing to the
best of your ability.
“We’re all behind you – keep doing what you’re doing”
Taliaferro urged. “God bless you. Now, go bring home the championship. I’ll be
The Roadrunners swept to the Region XIX championship May
17-18, rolling past Northampton, Cumberland and Brookdale. The team will play
their first World Series game on May 25 at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, T.N. against
No. 8 seed Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Should they emerge victorious, Coach Rob
Valli's team will play the winner of No. 4 Herkimer vs. No. 5 Oakton game the
following evening beginning at 7 p.m.
The Roadrunners captured their 23rd Region XIX championship
in dominating style and are seeing their eighth National Championship in this
year's World Series. Pitcher/Second baseman Jack Billings along with tourney M.V.P.
Alex Gattinelli led the way in the Region XIX tournament title run. Coach Valli
will rely on a deep pitching staff, including Billings and sophomores Nick
Yoder, Mike Biasiello and Nick Evangelista, along with freshman Anthony
"The talent has always been there at the plate – we
picked the right time to showcase it," said Valli following the Region XIX
title win over Brookdale. "The pitching was solid again. We are very deep
and we have so many people to go to on the mound."
For more information on Athletics at RCGC, and to follow the
Roadrunners as they progress through the NJCAA Division III World Series, visit
Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is
located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.