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.
Ambassador Jack Brewer, Founder and CEO of The Brewer Group, Inc. Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation Ambassador of Peace & Sport for the United Nations’ US Federation for Middle East Peace
Ambassador Jack Brewer is CEO of The Brewer Group (TBG), which makes principal investments into public and private growth companies. TBG strategically invests in small growth companies who are making a positive impact around the globe. Through TBG’s multi-faceted subsidiaries, Brewer Sports International and Brewer + Associates Consulting, Amb. Brewer provides business development services to clients worldwide. He is a former NFL player, received his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota, and completed executive business programs at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School of Business. He serves as Founder of The Jack Brewer Foundation, as an Ambassador at the United Nations and served as a Senior Advisor to Former President Dr. Joyce Banda of Malawi. Amb. Brewer is an expert in sports finance and global economic development, and is a regular CNBC and American City Business Journals contributor.
Sidney Rice is a former Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowl NFL wide receiver who played seven seasons in the NFL. After attending the University of South Carolina, Rice was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings where he played for four seasons. Following, Rice signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, where he played from 2011 to 2013. Rice attributed his decision to retire in July 2014 to concussion concerns and since has been an active proponent of concussion awareness. Speaking at the #C4CT Concussion Awareness Summit held at the United Nations Headquarters, Rice has served as a voice for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and how the lasting effects of concussions can hinder overall brain health. In February 2015, Rice announced that after his death he would donate his brain to science in the hopes of furthering concussion research and generate greater awareness of football’s long-term effects on the brain. As a Brand Ambassador of GTX Corp, Rice will work hand-in-hand with the Company to provide insight and further initiatives for youth and adults alike, targeting those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Alzheimer’s disease.
Currently, Rice attends the University of Miami and is taking part in the school’s Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists. Rice also continues to work as the Founder of Sidney Rice, LLC, investing in a wide range of sectors including technology, restaurants, fashion and retail as well as health and wellness. In addition to his international business endeavors, Rice is also a passionate philanthropist and serves as an active Global Ambassador with The Jack Brewer Foundation.
Jason Fox is in his sixth season as a NFL offensive tackle. At the University of Miami, Fox was a candidate for the Outland Trophy for the nation’s top offensive lineman, and the Lombardi Award for the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman. After college, Fox was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010. Following his fourth season, Fox then went to the Miami Dolphins, where he is currently in his second season with the team. As an offensive tackle, Fox is used to experiencing injuries during the NFL season. He looks forward to furthering research into Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and supporting solutions like GTX Corp’s GPS SmartSoles, that can help alleviate some of the struggles his fellow players experience.
In 2014, for his dedication and service beyond the game, Fox was the recipient of the Miami Dolphin’s Nat Moore Community Service Award. Fox renewed his South Florida community involvement by volunteering for more events than any other player on the team. Fox frequently visits Haiti during the off-season to assist friend and former fellow NFL player, Kyle Adams, working at the Ephraim Orphan Project, a not-for-profit that aims to give orphaned children both a home and life skills to help break the cycle of poverty. Fox has also returned to the University of Miami and is taking part in the school’s first Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists.
Colin McCarthy is a former NFL linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. He was drafted by the team in 2011 and played there until 2014. Prior to being drafted into the NFL, McCarthy attended the University of Miami where he was named Team Captain in his senior season, and received many awards including: Two-Time All-ACC Honorable Mention; Hard Hitter Award; Plumer Award for Leadership, Motivation, and Spirit; and was a Butkus Award Candidate.
In 2012, McCarthy was taken out of the lineup for a concussion, in addition to required shoulder surgery. After experiencing injuries, McCarthy chose to retire from the NFL in 2015. He is back at the University of Miami taking part in their Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists. Although injuries took him off the playing field, McCarthy finds that GTX Corp’s products, including the GPS SmartSoles, will serve as a great way for him to stay “in the game” when it comes to further research and discussions about brain health and other injuries.