Make it Happen: Achieving Your Biggest Dreams
Two-time silver medal Paralympic athlete and co-founder of Angel City Sports Ezra Frech is a master at setting and achieving big goals. When he was 11 Ezra called out his dream to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and made it a reality at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Ezra shares powerful anecdotes about his journey, and the keys to his success through action-oriented determination that will impact audiences of all kinds.
Different is OK: Embracing Disability and Diversity
Paralympic athlete and co-founder Ezra Frech believes his disability is his ‘Golden Ticket’ to educating others and changing lives, turning what some consider a challenge or obstacle into a strength that can propel you forward. He shares his journey in accepting and ultimately loving himself and his differences, and audiences will be left with a deep appreciation for our differences and what makes us all unique.
Overcoming Challenges: Stars Can’t Shine without Darkness
Paralympic athlete Ezra Frech co-founded the non-profit Angel City Sports with his family to create opportunities for everyone to participate in sports. Through his journey embracing his differences, overcoming injuries on his path to the Paralympic Games, to becoming an advocate for his community, Ezra invigorates audiences with takeaways about reframing challenges to unlock meaning, direction, and purpose – by focusing on serving others.
Ezra Frech was born with congenital limb differences, missing his left knee and left shin bone, and with only one finger on his left hand. Now 17 years-old, Ezra has used a prosthetic leg since he was 11 months and a running blade since he was 4 years old. Ezra had surgeries when he was 2 years old to transplant a toe to his hand and allow for improved fitting of prosthesis.
Ezra is an accomplished athlete and a sought-after motivational speaker. He holds dozens of junior national track and field records and was the starting QB and point guard for his football and basketball teams. In the fall of 2014, Ezra was honored to be named as a finalist for the 2014 Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year."
In 2016 Ezra, as an 11 year-old, was watching his friends and mentors compete on the world’s stage at the Rio Paralympic Games, Ezra told his mother, “I want to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games” and he immediately started training. Fast forward to June 2019 when Ezra made the US Paralympic Track and Field Team as a 14 year-old and competed in three international events, including the Junior World Para-Athletics Championships, where he won three medals, the Para-Pan American Games where he won two silver medals, and the World Para-Athletics Championships, where he placed in the top 8 in all three of his events and was the youngest athlete out of 1,400 competitors.
Ezra continued to train through the pandemic, resorting to park, beach, and back-yard workouts for months on end. Finally getting back on the track in January 2021 at his school, Brentwood, Ezra began a regimented training program, all the while being a full-time 10th grader. Through the spring of 2021, Ezra competed against able-bodied athletes for his high school track team, ultimately earning a 2nd place in CIF Finals. More importantly, he performed well at U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Trials, where he become the T63 National Champion in the 100M and Long Jump, set an Americas record in the long jump, and punched his ticket to Tokyo in the high jump by hitting the A Standard of 1.8 meters. Ezra competed in the T63 Long Jump (making the finals and earning 8th place) and the T63 High Jump (placing 5th) at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Ezra has been featured on dozens of radio and network television shows, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America, sharing his story and raising awareness and understanding for the physically challenged. Since he was 4 years old, Ezra has done motivational speaking at schools, hospitals, companies, and leadership conferences, bringing his message that “Being Different is OK.” Ezra’s motto is “You can Dream it, You can Hope for it, or You can Make It Happen.” and he believes you should “Focus on What You Have Versus What You Don’t Have.”
Ezra is the inspiration behind and co-founder of Angel City Sports, a high-growth, high-impact non-profit organization dedicated to providing the joy of sports to children and adults with physical disabilities. Over the years, Team Ezra has also supported a number of other charitable organizations, such as the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children, Mobility Outreach International, Camp No Limits, and Free the Children (aka We Day).