Co-Founder, Angel City Sports; Youngest Member of the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team; Silver Medalist at the Para Pan-American Games
An accomplished athlete and sought-after motivational speaker, 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, Frech has used a prosthetic leg since he was 11 months and a running blade since he was 4 years old.
In 2016, Frech was 11 years old watching his friends and mentors compete on the world’s stage at the Rio Paralympic Games when he told his mother, “I want to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games” and immediately started training. Fast forward to June 2019 when Frech 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.
Frech continued to train through the pandemic before finally getting back on the track in January 2021 at his school to began a regimented training program, all the while being a full-time 10th grader. In the spring of 2021, Frech performed well at the 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. Frech 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.
Frech 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, Frech has done motivational speaking at schools, hospitals, companies, and leadership conferences, bringing his message that “Being Different is OK.” Frech'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.”
Frech 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.
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.
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.
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.
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