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Fifty-nine High Schools Across Nation Receive Grants from California Casualty for Athletic Programs


San Mateo, CA, April 5, 2012 … California Casualty announced today it has awarded 59 grants totaling $75,000 to assist public high school athletic programs nationwide.

Shrinking state education budgets, coupled with pressure to improve academic performance, has forced many schools to trim or even eliminate athletics. In many cases, coaches have subsidized programs out of their own pockets while student athletes have risked injury practicing with old and insufficient equipment. More and more, families who simply aren't able are asked to foot the athletics bill. Among this year's applicants, many represent economically disadvantaged student athletes who cannot afford to pay participation fees or purchase uniforms.

These types of situations concerned California Casualty Chairman and past CEO Thomas R. Brown, who enjoyed school athletics and understands their impact on self-esteem and leadership development.

"Youth sports teach teamwork, discipline and that hard work pays off," Brown said. "They're a valuable complement to lessons learned in school."

The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program began a year ago, with $25,000 in grants across four states. Applications revealed such compelling need that the grant pool was tripled and eligibility expanded to all states for the second year of the program. This time around, 275 applications for assistance poured in. The 59 selected programs received grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 which will be used for equipment, uniforms, fees and other associated costs for athletic programs. A full listing of grant recipients is attached 2012 Grant Recipients.

California Casualty has a 60-year relationship with education and school administration associations. "We understand the struggles they face every day," said Doug Goldberg, Senior Vice President. "This is our way of giving back."

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance products to educators, law enforcement, fire fighters and nurses in 44 states. Learn more at For more information about this program, visit