Since Ezra Frech was four years old, he has been an advocate for persons with disabilities. Born with congenital limb differences, he is missing his left knee and left fibula, and fingers on his left hand. Ezra later had surgery to remove the lower, non-functioning part of his left leg and to transplant a toe from the amputated foot to his left hand. At eleven months, he received his first prosthetic leg and has been involved in sports ever since. Growing up, he played basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football, skateboarding, karate, surfing and track and field. His passion for sports ultimately led him to create Angel City Sports and the Angel City Games, an annual, multi-sport competition for children, adults, wounded warriors, and elite athletes with disabilities. In addition to his athletic endeavors, he serves as a motivational speaker and ambassador for adaptive sports. Ezra is also in charge of his fundraising organization, called 'Team Ezra.' The organization has raised more than $400,000 for non-profit organizations that support people with physical impairments.
As one of the youngest members of the Team USA Paralympic Team, Ezra is scheduled to compete in long jump, high jump, and the 100 [meters] in Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2021, with hopes to bring home a gold medal. In addition, Ezra has set his sights to compete at the 2024 and 2028 Games. On Facebook he writes, "I just want to be the best person that I can be and share my story and try to help others become the best person they can be." That sounds like a winning attitude.
In the interview with our Different & Able President and Founder, Alexandra Nicklas, Ezra discusses how he uses his positive energy to drive his dreams and ambitions, which is his key to becoming successful. He shares his passion for adaptive sports and believes people should be empowered to compete at their best; so people with or without difference feel like a champion. After all Ezra’s motto is, "You can dream it, you can hope for it, or you can make it happen."
Bio Provided by: Ezra Frech (teamusa.org)