‘Battle Within’ program features announced

JAMESTOWN – “The Battle Within,” a presentation by concussion awareness advocate and former middleweight boxer Ray Ciancaglini at 6 p.m. on May 1, will also feature a screening of the documentary “Head Games.”

The program and film, both of which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre in Hultquist Library on Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. JCC’s college program committee is sponsoring the event.

Ciancaglini, who is battling Parkinson’s Syndrome and dementia pugilistica, was instrumental in passing the current Concussion Management Awareness Act into New York state legislation. He founded Second Impact (www.TheSecondImpact.com), which is dedicated to concussion awareness.

Ciancaglini is endorsed by the New York State Athletic Trainers Association and has dedicated his life to broadening the public’s awareness about concussions and their effects on athletes. He is a member of the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame and Geneva Sports Hall of Fame and has won the Golden Glove Heart Award, Jerry Flynn Courage Award, Rochester Hickok Hero Award, and the New York Executive Chamber Award.

“Head Games,” produced by Steve James and Bruce Sheridan, features athletes and parents sharing their personal struggles dealing with concussions from professional to youth levels. Inspired by events from the book “Head Games” by Christopher Nowinski, the film offers insights on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts.

“Head Games” was named best documentary at the Boston Film Festival in 2012, iTunes’ “Best of 2012” films, and Movies.com’s best sports documentary of 2012.