The Hanger Charitable Foundation, Austin, Texas, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Angel City Games to enhance the lives of physically challenged children and adults in Southern California through improved adaptive sports opportunities and media awareness. The inaugural event was held June 19-20 at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The Angel City Games were founded by Clayton Frech and Bahar Soomekh, the parents of 10-year-old Ezra Frech, who has an above-knee amputation and is a Hanger Clinic patient.
“The goals of the Angel City Games align with our Foundation’s mission of advancing our communities and empowering people with physical challenges to live life fully,” said Jennifer Bittner, president of the Hanger Charitable Foundation. “Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of watching Ezra grow and thrive at numerous sports. It’s clear to see how competing in athletics has made a tremendous positive impact in his life, and we’re happy to support this new event that provides even more opportunity for adaptive athletics.”
“We are so appreciative of the generous grant from the Hanger Charitable Foundation,” said Clayton Frech. “Their contribution helps ensure the financial viability of our event and also validates our hard work.”