During Impact Week (April 17–21, 2017), whose theme is Purpose + Profit, UCLA Anderson is highlighting stories of mission-driven careers, companies and projects that fulfill unmet needs in sectors from e-commerce to cleantech.
By Yamini Mappat (’18)
Clayton Frech (’98) is the founder and CEO of Angel City Sports and the annual Angel City Games (June 22–25, 2017). He was formerly the regional VP of Safelite AutoGlass and VP of operations for Classic Party Rentals. Clayton also serves on the board of Adaptive Sports USA and the L.A. advisory board for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. He was the president of UCLA Anderson’s Los Angeles alumni chapter in the early 2000s and received the inaugural UCLA Anderson Alumni Service Award in 2004. He has also served on the boards of the Literacy Network of Los Angeles, Northeast Trees and Amigos de Los Rios.
Q. Can you tell us about your organization?
I started Angel City Sports in 2015 to provide adaptive and Paralympic sports programs for children, veterans and adults with physical disabilities. We offer year-round instructional sport clinics in a wide variety of sports, we loan equipment to athletes who otherwise could not participate in sports, and we host one of the largest Paralympic sports competitions in the country, the annual Angel City Games, right here at UCLA!
Q. What was the inspiration behind Angel City Sports?
My now 11-year-old son, Ezra, was born with some physical differences. Despite his disability, has always loved sports.