2017 Soaring Spirit Award Honoree
“Being different is OK.”
These are the words of 11-year-old Ezra Frech, our 2017 Soaring Spirit Honoree. Ezra is missing his left fibula, left knee, and four fingers on his left hand. At the toddler age of two, his lower leg was amputated and his big toe was transplanted to his left hand to give him the ability to oppose. However, he does not let this slow him down; in fact, it has done just the opposite. As a basketball, soccer, flag football, and baseball player, Ezra has shown us all that he does not plan on letting his physical disability get in the way of his passions. If those were not enough, he also competes in Paralympic Track and Field competitions, in which he currently holds 14 national records –more than we would ever dream of holding.
While he is not running circles around the rest of us, Ezra is also a student, a motivational speaker, and an advocate for those with disabilities. He is not only the inspiration behind the Los-Angeles-based nonprofit, @AngelCitySports, but he is also the co-founder. The nonprofit provides sports clinics, training, equipment, and competitions to children and adults with physical disabilities. Even though he is only 11, Ezra has the power to reach audiences of all ages; he speaks at schools, corporate events and nonprofit organizations, teaching his audiences that "being different is OK", and that “you can dream it, hope for it, or make it happen.”
Ezra has also appeared in local and national radio, print, broadcast and digital media such as: ESPN, the Huffington Post, CBS sports, Bleacher Report, Discovery Networks, USA Today, and the Ellen Show. This 11-year-old is a viral inspiration who is the epitome of making it happen.