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.




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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Ray is available for speaking engagements and welcomes questions. 
Talks and appearances are free of charge

 Phone: 315-585-0001
Email: SecondImpactMail@yahoo.com

Mission:

Ray's mission is to tell his story of the mistakes he made by not addressing a concussion properly and the consequences he has suffered as a result of his decision.  If a concussion is treated properly, athletes will not have to endure the life altering ramifications that Ray faces today.  Athletes need to be honest about the symptoms that they are experiencing with their coaching staff and trainers.  Hiding these symptoms and playing through them is where athletes can find themselves in life altering situations.  Ray hopes, through his speaking engagements, that athletes will understand the importance of addressing a concussion correctly and promptly.  He encourages athletes to be honest regarding their symptoms and advocates following program and doctor protocol.

Ray was a well behaved student until his junior year of high school.  He suffered a concussion, ignoring the symptoms and unfortunately received another concussion one week later.  The second concussion came before the initial symptoms have subsided.  That's when his world changed and he began failing his school courses.  He started sleeping excessively, was unable to concentrate, saw changes in his demeanor and felt like he was in a fog.  Through his story, he emphasizes how important it would have been to have addressed the first concussion properly.  If he had done this, he would not have to suffer with his complications today.  Ray's complications are completely avoidable and education is the key.  When athletes see it his struggles first hand, it resonates.  He wants athletes to reach their full potential while also enjoying a good quality of life after sports.  

Speaking Engagements:

Talks last approximately 25 minutes.  Optional question and answer sessions can follow upon request.  Ray is on no time restrictions.  He will stay until the last voice is heard

  • Talks are free of charge;  There is no cost or travel restrictions/limitations
  • Talks are open to any audience and are tailored to fit the age level of the audience.  Ray is available to speak to any age group, including but not limited to
    • School Assemblies
    • Team and Sport Specific Assemblies
    • Parent/Student Athlete Meetings
    • Sports Clubs and Recreational Teams
    • Youth Sport Teams
  • There is no clinical/medical advice.  Medical questions will be referred to the school/organization doctors or nurses
  • Ray does not sell or endorse any products
  • Topics included in speaking engagements
    • Concussion and Second Impact type injuries
    • Why athletes hide their symptoms
    • Challenging concussions
    • The adrenaline factor
    • Peer pressure
    • Honesty about head injuries and notifying someone immediately
    • Importance of following school policy and concussion protocols
    • Importance of being symptom free before returning to sport activities
    • The baseline test
    • Being a good role model
    • First hand experience to support his cause
    • Short term and long term effects of neglecting or not taking a head injury seriously
    • Life altering consequences and disorders that one may have to live with as a result of challenging a concussion
    • Ray tells "his" story and uses his first hand experiences to convey his message


Keynote Speaker:

2016: Brain Injury Association of Vermont
2015: University of New England, Biddeford, Maine
2015: Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire 32nd Annual Brain Injury Conference
2015: Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Conference
2014: 32nd Annual Brain Injury Association of NYS (BIANYS) Convention;  Albany, New York
2014: SUNNY Cortland Sports Medicine Symposium
2013: The Second Impact/Belhurst Castle Concussion Seminar

Guest Speaker:

2017: NYS Certified Football Officials Association
2017: Mohawk Valley Chapter of NYS Certified Football Officials Association
2015: Camp Good Days and Special Times,
2015: Cayuga Center, Auburn, NY
2015: Happiness House, Canandaigua, New York
2014: Webster Willink Middle School First Lego League Robotics Technical Titans, Webster, NY
2014: Burke Medical Research Institute, White Plains, New York
2014: Belvedere Treatment Center, Syracuse, New York
2014: Finger Lakes Health Association, DeMay Living Center, Newark, New York
2014: Rochester Regional Health, DeMay Living Center, Newark, New York
2014: Camp Winadu, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
2013: Happiness House, Canandaigua, New York
2013: 31st Annual Brain Injury Association of NYS (BIANYS) Convention;  Albany, New York
2013: New York State Athletic Trainers' Association (NYSATA) Convention; Jamestown, New York
2012: Hickock Center for Brain Injury;  Rochester, New York
2012: Al Siegel Center, Rochester, New York
2012: Happiness House, Canandaigua, New York


Camp/Clinic Featured Speaker:

2014 NFL High School Player Development Camp; Nottingham High School; Syracuse, New York:
Participating High School Teams:
  Beaver River, Central Tech (ICT), Chittenango, Hannibal, Jordan-Elbridge, Moravia, Nottingham, Thousand Islands, Verone (V V S)

2014 NFL High School Player Development Camp; Mansfield University, Pennsylvania:
Participating High School Teams:
  Corning East, Corning West, Cowanesque Valley, Hancock, Harpursville, Horseheads, Line Mountain, Notre Dame, Oswego, Pittston, South Williamsport, Southern Tioga, Tioga, Towanda, Wellsboro

2013 NFL High School Player Development Camp;  Elmira Notre Dame High School;  Elmira, New York
Participating High School Teams:
  Corning East, Corning West, Elmira Free Academy, Elmira Notre Dame, Johnson City, Horseheads, Maine Endwell, Newfield, Southside, Thomas A Edison, Waverly

2013 North Rockland Football Camp;  North Rockland High School;  North Rockland, New York
Participating High School Teams:
  Clarkstown North, Middletown, North Rockland, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tappan Zee

2012, 2013 & 2014 NFL High School Player Development Camp;  Lyons High School;  Lyons, New York
Participating High School Teams:  Aquinas Institute, Clyde-Savannah, DeSales, Dundee, Fairport, Geneva, Lyons, Marcus Whitman, Midlakes, Mynderse Academy, Newark, Oswego, Pal Myra-Macedon, Penn Yan Academy, Port Byron, Red Jacket, South Seneca, Trumansburg, Union Springs, Waterloo

2012, 2013 & 2014 NFL High School Player Development Camp;  Wayne High School;  Ontario, New York
Participating High School Teams:
  Brighton, East High, Greece Arcadia, Greece Olympia, Midlakes, Penfield, Wayne

2012 Tony Collins Foundation Football and Cheerleading Camp;  Penn Yan Academy

Finger Lakes Youth Football and Cheerleading League:
Bloomfield Steelers, Clyde-Savannah Eagles, Dundee Jr Scots, Gananda Panthers, Geneva Panthers, Honeoye Falls Lima Cougars, Jordan-Elbridge Eagles, Jr Lyons Lyons, Marcus Whitman Wildcats, Midlakes Jr Eagles, Newark Jr Reds, Pal-Mac Raiders, Penn Yan Mustangs, Red Jacket Indians, Seneca Falls Blue Devils, East Rochester Bombers, Waterloo Indians, Wayne Eagles

New York Collegiate Baseball League:
Adirondack Trailblazers, Alfred Thunder, Geneva Red Wings, Geneva Twins, Hornell Dodgers, Olean Oilers, Oneonta Outlaws, Niagara Power, Sherrill Silversmiths, Syracuse Jr Chiefs, Syracuse Salt Cats, Utics Brewers, Webster Yankees, Wellsville Nitros
                     

High School Appearances
(Short List, Not Inclusive)

Athens High School
Aquinas Institute, Rochester
Batavia High School
Bath-Haverling High School
Canisteo-Greenwood High School

Cato-Meridian High School
Clyde Savannah High School
Dansville High School

DeSales High School
East High School, Rochester
Eastridge High School
Elmira Notre Dame High School
Geneva High School
Hornell High School
Jasper-Troupsburg High School
Livonia High School
Lyons High School
Mynderse Academy High School
Naples High School
Newark High School
North Rockland High School
Nottingham High School
Penn Yan Academy
Port Byron High School
Red Jacket High School
Romulus High School
Sodus High School
South Seneca High School
Union Springs High School
Waterloo High School
Watkins Glen High Schoo
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Wayne High School
West Irondequoit High School
Foxcroft Academy








College and University Appearances
(Short list, Not inclusive)

Canisius College
Finger Lakes Community College

Hilbert College
Hobart College
Ithaca College
Jamestown Community College
Keuka College
Lyndon State College, Vermont
Mansfield University
Mohawk Valley Community College
Nazareth College
Onondaga Community College
St. Bonaventure University
SUNY Brockport
SUNY Cortland
Syracuse University
University of Rochester
University of New England
Colby College
University of Maine at Machias