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Hanger Charitable Foundation awards $10,000 grant to Angel City Games

Austin, TX, June 19, 2015 – The Hanger Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Angel City Games.  To be held June 19 – 20, 2015 at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the Angel City Games is the only multi-sport competition for children and adults with physical disabilities in the Los Angeles area.  The Angel City Games was founded by Clayton Frech and Bahar Soomekh, the parents of 10-year-old Hanger Clinic patient Ezra Frech. 

“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,” Hanger Charitable Foundation President Jennifer Bittner said.  “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.”

An above-knee amputee due to a rare genetic condition, Ezra has excelled at and benefitted from sports from a very young age.  As active fundraisers for and participants in adaptive athletics all of Ezra’s life, the Frech / Soomekh family decided it was time to bring this kind of event to Los Angeles.

“We are so appreciative of the generous grant from the Hanger Charitable Foundation,” Clayton Frech said.  “Their contribution helps ensure the financial viability of our event and also validates our hard work.  It gives our team a major morale boost to know our mission and efforts are recognized and valued by such a respected organization as the Hanger Charitable Foundation.”

About the Angel City Games – To be held June 19 – 20, 2015 at UCLA, the inaugural Angel City Games are hosted by Angel City Sports.  The mission of Angel City Sports is to enhance the lives of physically challenged children and adults in Southern California through improved adaptive sports opportunities and media awareness.  For more information, visit www.AngelCityGames.org.

About the Hanger Charitable Foundation – The Hanger Charitable Foundation was founded in 2009 by Hanger, Inc., the nation’s leading patient-care provider and distributor of orthotic, prosthetic, and rehabilitative solutions.  Hanger’s heritage of charitable giving dates back to the company’s founding in 1861.  For many years, Hanger clinicians and employees consistently and generously donated millions of dollars in free care and financial contributions to a variety of causes, including hardship cases in their own communities.  In 2009, Hanger formalized and increased its philanthropic work by establishing a non-profit organization, the Hanger Charitable Foundation.  For more information, visit: www.hanger.com/TheHangerFoundation.

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Jennifer Bittner, Hanger, Inc.
512-777-3730, jbittner@hanger.com
 
Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.
904-249-0314, kburket@hanger.com