10 Sep Team Ezra Inspires Physical Disability Awareness Foundation
“You can dream it, you can hope for it, or you can make it happen.” – Ezra Frech’s motto.
Team Ezra is a non-profit foundation that raises money for non-profits that support people with physical disabilities. Since 2006, Team Ezra has raised over $400,000. That number continues to grow. Organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children, Camp No Limits, and the Prosthetic Outreach Foundation have benefitted.
Ezra Frech, who was born with congenital limb differences, is Team Ezra’s inspiration. He was missing his left knee, fibula, and the fingers on his left hand at birth. Ezra underwent a series of operations up until the age of five. Surgeries included removing the non-functioning part of his left leg, and a series of hand surgeries to improve its functionality. As a result, Ezra is better able to fit in prosthetics, including “cheetah legs,” which allow him to run.
Ezra possesses athletic gifts and does not let his disability get in his way. Moreover, he holds nine national track & field records in his age group, is the starting quarterback for his school’s flag football team, plays basketball at the Sterling Basketball Academy, and is a blue belt in Karate. He is a 2013 Courage Award recipient from the Kobe Basketball Academy and a 2014 Sports Illustrated’s Sports Kid of the Year finalist.
In 2015, Team Ezra organized the Angel City Games, with its inaugural event taking place on the UCLA campus. Angel City Games is a multi-sport competition for people of all ages and athletic abilities with physical disabilities. They plan on holding an annual event to raise awareness about physical disabilities and promote inclusion. As a result of the inaugural event, they’ve created Angel City Sports, a new non-profit foundation.
Check out CBS Sports Game Changers feature about Team Ezra and Angel City Games. If you’d like to make a donation to Team Ezra or learn more about them and Ezra’s story, you can do so here. You can also learn more about Angel City Sports here.