For Immediate Release
Chloe Ecton

Educators Across the Country Receive $1,000 Athletic Grants from California Casualty

San Mateo, CA, March 20, 2023—California Casualty will deliver $1,000 Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grants to educators at 50 public middle and high schools across 25 states to help support their school sports program(s). Since its inception in 2010, the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program has helped fund burdened athletic programs in 750 public schools across the nation.

The Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant, named after avid sportsman and California Casualty Chairman, Emeritus Tom Brown, was created based on his belief that lessons learned on athletic fields- teamwork, trust, communication, and confidence- translate in the classroom and beyond. Athletic programs have a positive impact on the students, in turn, positively impacting the schools as these children use the skills they gain from playing sports to become well-rounded students and adults.

“Every year sports programs across the state do more with less. In a small district like ours, this is a very big deal when we know the positive impact sports programs make on our students.” Said one grant application from Washington Colony Athletics in Fresno, CA. “When COVID stopped our athletic program, there was not much to motivate kids to do well in school. Now that we are back playing sports we see grades getting better and the motivation to succeed in and out of class increase. We have a great athletic program that we want to continue to be better.”

California Casualty recognizes the importance of youth sports on children’s physical and mental health. And we are happy to announce that the 2022/2023 Athletic Grants will help specifically fund:

  • Female soccer uniforms and shoes,
    • Lovonya DeJean Middle School, Girls Middle School Soccer Team, Richmond, CA
  • New hurdles and a high jump pit,
    • Preston Middle School, Track and field, Fort Collins, CO
  • Volleyball shoes and kneepads for all team members
    • American Dreamer STEM Academy, Volleyball, Decatur, IL
  • Cross Country uniforms, training equipment, travel suits, and a travel canopy for weather protection
    • Russell County High School, Cross Country, Russel Springs, KY
  • Replace outdated and worn uniforms, new basketballs, and ball racks
    • Poplar Bluff Junior High, Girls' Basketball, Poplar Bluff, MO
  • Gloves, bats, helmets, catchers gear, balls, bases, and first aid equipment
    • Deerfield Twp School, Softball, Rosnhayn, NJ
  • Tennis rackets and warm ups for the cold weather
    • Somerset Area School District, Boy's Tennis, Somerset, PA
  • Team balls, towels, and rosin
    • Lincoln High School, Girls Bowling, Tacoma, WA

A complete list of 2022/2023 recipients follows.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California with Service Centers in Arizona and Colorado, California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators for over 70 years. Learn more about California Casualty at or call 1.800.800.9410.

2022/2023 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients

C.L. Scarborough Model Middle School—Mobile, Alabama—Volleyball

Palo Verde Middle School—Phoenix, Arizona—Soccer and Basketball
Canyon View High School—Waddle, Arizona—Boys Basketball

Washington Colony Elementary School District—Fresno, California—Washington Colony Athletics
Coachella Valley High School—Thermal, California—Boys Tennis
Rancho Alamitos High School—Garden Grove, California—Soccer
Andrew Carnegie Middle School—Orangevale, California—Wrestling
Lodi High School—Lodi, California—Competitive Cheer
Lovonya DeJean Middle School—Richmond, California—Girls Soccer
Mira Monte High School—Bakersfield, California—Track & Field
La Contenta Middle School—Yucca Valley, California—Volleyball
Buena Park High School—Buena Park, California—Girls Soccer
John Still Middle School—Sacramento, California—Basketball
Mountain House High School—Mountain House, California—Girls Soccer
Arboga Elementary School—Arboga, California—Volleyball, Flag Football, Basketball and Track & Field

Goddard Middle School—Littleton, Colorado—Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field and Wresting
Preston Middle School—Fort Collins, Colorado—Track & Field
Fort Morgan High School—Fort Morgan, Colorado—Girls Wrestling

Torrington Middle School—Torrington, Connecticut—Track & Field

Northview High School—Century, Florida—Track & Field

Wallace Jr/Sr High School—Wallace, Idaho—Swim Team
North Junior High School—Boise, Idaho—Boys Basketball

American Dreamer STEM Academy—Decatur, Illinois—Volleyball
McHenry Middle School—McHenry, Illinois—Golf

North High School—Evansville, Indiana—Flag Football, Basketball, Bowling and Track & Field

North Scott Junior High—Eldridge, Iowa—Special Olympics

Wellington High School—Wellington, Kansas—Special K Basketball
Lansing Middle School—Lansing, Kansas—Volleyball

Russell County High School—Russell Springs, Kentucky—Cross Country

Alexander Elementary School—Alexander, Maine—Soccer

International High School at Largo—Largo, Maryland—Cheerleading

Poplar Bluff Junior High—Poplar Bluff, Missouri—Girls Basketball
Marshall High School—Marshall, Missouri—Girls Wrestling

Wibaux Junior High School—Wibaux, Montana—Basketball

Chase County Schools—Imperial, Nebraska—Wrestling

New Jersey
Deerfield Township School—Rosnhayn, New Jersey—Softball
Hoboken Middle School—Hoboken, New Jersey—Soccer
Elizabeth Middle School North (School 19)—Elizabeth, New Jersey—Girls Soccer

Centerville High School—Centerville, Ohio—Girls Wrestling

Cheyenne Middle School—Edmond, Oklahoma—Special Olympics

Thurston Middle School—Springfield, Oregon—Wrestling
Days Creek Charter School—Days Creek, Oregon—Girls Volleyball

Sharpsville Area School District—Sharpsville, Pennsylvania—Girls Soccer
Somerset Area School District—Somerset, Pennsylvania—Boys Tennis

Atkins Middle School—Lubbock, Texas—Girls Volleyball

Lincoln High School—Tacoma, Washington—Soccer and Girls Bowling
Meadowdale High School—Lynnwood, Washington—Track & Field and Cross Country
Pacific Middle School—Vancouver, Washington—Soccer
University High School—Spokane Valley, Washington—Softball

Natrona County High School—Casper, Wyoming—Wrestling