Ray is available for speaking engagements and welcomes questions
Phone 315-585-0001 or email SecondImpactMail@yahoo.com
Talks and appearances are free of charge
Ray’s mission is to tell his story of the mistakes he made by not addressing a concussion properly and the consequences he suffered as a result. If a concussion is treated properly, no athlete should have to endure the life-altering ramifications Ray faces today. Student athletes need to be honest about any symptoms with coaching staff and trainers and not hide a concussion with the thoughts of playing through it. 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.
He was a well-behaved honor student until his junior year of high school. He suffered a concussion, ignored the symptoms and unfortunately received another concussion one week later; it came before the initial symptoms cleared up. That’s when his world changed and he began failing school courses. He started sleeping excessively, was unable to concentrate, saw changes in his behavior and felt like he was in a “fog”. Through his story, he emphasizes how important it was to address the first concussion properly and he would have never had the other complications he suffers today. This is avoidable and education is the key. When student athletes see if first hand from someone who has suffered the consequences, it resonates. He wants student athletes to reach their full potential and enjoy a good quality of life.
Key Note Speaker
2013 Brain Injury Association of NYS (BIANYS) Convention, Albany N.Y.
2103 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association (NYSATA) Convention, Jamestown, N.Y.
2012 Hickock Center for Brain Injury, Rochester, N.Y.
Camp/Clinic Featured Speaker
2012 and 2013 NFL High School Player Development Camp- Lyons High School, Lyons, NY
High School Teams participating: Lyons, Clyde-Savannah, Geneva, Newark, Trumansburg, Port Byron, DeSales, Dundee, Marcus Whitman, Aquinas Institute, Union Springs, South Seneca, Mynderse Academy, Penn Yan, Waterloo, Fairport
2013 NFL High School Player Development Camp, Elmira Notre Dame HS, Elmira, NY
High School teams participating: Elmira Free Academy, Southside, Horseheads, Thomas A. Edison, Elmira Notre Dame, Maine Endwell, Johnson City, Newfield, Corning East, Corning West, Waverly
2012 Tony Collins Foundation Football and Cheerleading Camp; Penn Yan Academy
2012 NFL High School Player Development Camp- Wayne High School, Ontario, NY
High School Teams participating: Wayne, Greece Arcadia, Greece Olympia, East High, Brighton, Midlakes, Penfield
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. Lions 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 Teams (NYCBL)
Hornell Dodgers, Niagara Power, Wellsville Nitros, Adirondack Trailblazers, Geneva Red Wings, Geneva Twins, Sherrill Silversmiths, Syracuse Jr Chiefs, Syracuse Salt Cats, Utica Brewers, Alfred Thunder, Webster Yankees, Olean Oilers, Oneonta Outlaws
|Hobart College Football Team||Wayne High School||Finger Lakes Community College|
|Mynderse Academy High School||South Seneca High School||Romulus High School|
|DeSales High School||Red Jacket High School
||Newark High School|
|Lyons High School||Livonia High School||Dansville High School|
|Hornell High School||Canisteo-Greenwood CSD
||East High School, Rochester
|Aquinas Institute, Rochester
||Port Byron High School
||Waterloo High School
|Geneva High School||Keuka College||Union Springs High School|
|Cato-Meridian High School||University of Rochester||Ithaca College|
|Hilbert College||Naples High School||Syracuse University|
|Elmira Notre Dame High School||North Rockland High School|