In a short time, Ray has collected many accolades for his work with student athletes and concussion awareness.
In April, 2018, Ray was chosen to receive the Rotary Club Paul Harris award. The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” This honor companies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to Rotary International’s “Annual Program Fund,” which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.
During his boxing career, Ray earned many awards. Most of those awards have been lost or misplaced in the last 40 years. One of those awards, however, was saved by Monsignor Kelliher, the "1970 Golden Glove Heart Award. It was returned to Ray in 1981 prior to Monsignor's death. the award at the time, was given to the boxer who demonstrated the most determination and resiliency, during the 1970 New York-Canada Golden Gloves Tournament.
The Fingerlakes Times story "Looking for Gain from a Lifetime of Pain" written by Chris Marquart about Ray and The Second Impact, won 2 first place Awards at the 2011 Associated Press (AP) Annual Awards Banquet, and a 1st Place Award at the New York News Publishers Association Award Banquet.
On May 11th, 2012, Ray was inducted into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame. The honor recognized him for his Boxing career and work founding The Second Impact.
The Order of the Son's of Italy, Geneva Lodge 2397, presented Ray the 2012 AMICI Award for his outstanding work with local youth programs.
Ray was honored at the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet, and was presented with the Jerry Flynn Courage Award.
While at the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet, Ray was presented with a New York State Senate Proclamation, recognizing his work with Student Athletes, and his efforts in helping push current concussion safety legislation through.
A Bill was signed into Law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, adding concussion awareness and education to the NYS Public Health Law. Ray was integral in pushing for this Bill to pass, and Ray was presented with a copy of the signed Law.
Geneva, NY issued a Proclamation stating the Thursday, December 10th, 2011 to be Ray Ciancaglini Day.
Ray received the 2012 Rochester Hickok Center Community Hero Award on March 11, 2012 at a fundraising banquet to benefit the Hickok Center for Brain Injury. Rochester Police Officer, Anthony DiPonzio, who made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the back of the head in the line of duty, presented this year's award to Ray. Ray was recognized for his concussion awareness speaking engagements at schools state wide and for his work with Senator Nozzolio in getting the Concussion Management Awareness Act passed into law.
Ray was presented with the Public Policy Award at the 32nd Annual Brain Injury Association of NYS Conference at the Albany Marriott on June 6, 2014. This award is presented to a Champion of Legislation, Regulations and other Policies which promote equal access to services, community, re-entry, inclusion and acceptance of persons with brain injury and their families.
Ray was presented with the Geneva High School, Class of 1969 Positive Impact Award at his 45th Class Reunion on August 8, 2014. The Geneva Class of 1969 honored Ray for his "commitment to better the community and world through his organization, The Second Impact."