The Second Impact MIssion Statement: Ray’s mission is to tell his story of the mistakes he made not properly addressing a concussion and the lifelong consequences he suffered as a result. Rays goal is to raise awareness, offer support, and encourage young people to be honest with care givers instead of playing through a head injury. Ray hopes, through his talks, that student athletes will understand the importance of addressing a concussion correctly and promptly. He encourages student athletes to be honest with symptoms and advocates following school or sport program protocols and doctor’s orders to ensure a safe return to play.
Ray Ciancaglini, a native of Geneva, New York, is a former professional boxer and award winning concussion awareness activist. His personal life story was featured nationally by ABC News which has been the subject of two New York Associated Press and New York News Publishers Award-winning stories.
He was instrumental in getting passed into New York State Law, The Concussion Management Awareness Act, for which he was honored with the New York Executive Chamber Award and the Rochester Hickok Hero Award. Ciancaglini founded the Second Impact Concussion Awareness Program (www.thesecondimpact.com) and tours high schools, colleges universities, NFL Player Development Camps and Youth Organizations-all free of charge with his message, lecturing athletes about the possible ramifications of not addressing concussions properly. The New York State Athletic Trainers' Association has endorsed Ray's Second Impact presentations.
A member of the Rochester, NY Boxing Hall of Fame and the Geneva, NY Sports Hall of Fame, Ciancaglini's boxing career was layered with many accolades, most notably, the Golden Glove Heart Award and The Jerry Flynn Courage Award. He fought from 1966-74. Other notable awards include the Brain Injury Association of New York State Public Policy Award, the Geneva High School Class of 1969 Positive Impact Award and the prestigious Camp Good Days Courage Award.
Ciancaglini has battled Parkinson's Syndrome and Dementia Pugilistica (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) for many years as a direct result of numerous untreated concussions he suffered. Ciancaglini has been participating in several CTE Research studies at the Boston University School of Medicine (Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) where he has donated his brain, upon his death.
Ray also speaks at Traumatic Brain Injury Centers and Children's Special Needs Facilities about the importance of keeping a positive attitude and never giving up and gives inspirational lectures to sports teams and organizations about being a champion in athletics and in life. Ray's greatest reward, however, is knowing that he is resonating and making a difference in the lives of many young athletes.