Roman H. Figler III
AAS / 1977 / Surveying Technology / SUNY @ Alfred
What got you into boxing?
In November 2017 my wife, Karen read an article on how boxing was “wiping away the symptoms of
Parkinson’s” at a facility located in Kenmore, New York. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016, so we
researched the boxing and Parkinson’s concept. My introduction to boxing started when I came onboard
as a client in May 2019.
Figler has been involved in competitive athletics as a player or a coach for over 50 years. As a player, it
started as a 3 sport high school athlete, then as a collegiate athlete, and finally on to
amateur/recreational athletics on a National level. As a coach, it started in 1994 as a youth
coach/trainer, which led to a high school coaching position in 2011. As an athlete or coach he
understands what it takes to be successful and there is no substitute for hard work. Figler came on as a
client in May 2019, and then started as a coach/trainer in January 2020. Having been diagnosed with
Parkinson’s, and possessing a diverse athlete/coaching background it made perfect sense to join the
Parkinson’s Boxing Team as a coach.
2020 USA Boxing Certification
Professional Licensed Land Surveyor in New York (1988) and New Jersey (2005)
November 2007 – NYS West Youth Soccer Association Volunteer of the Year
March 2009 – Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year
December 2017 – Grand Island Soccer Club Legacy Award Recipient
Boxing, soccer, weight training and anything fitness related