For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg, 719.532.8436

79 Schools Catch a 2017 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty


San Mateo, CA, April 1, 2017 – Athletes at 79 public schools in 33 states will be gaining a competitive edge thanks to the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. A total of $83,000 was given to help middle and high school sports programs across the country purchase equipment, improve player safety and offset participation fees. Some schools received more than one grant.

The program is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, an avid sportsman himself. Since its inception in 2011, more than 500 schools across the nation have received over $580,000.

The 82 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants awarded this year will help:

  • Provide participation fees and uniforms for Pennsylvania’s Rochester Middle School basketball team and the high school bowling team, both facing large budget reductions
  • Purchase direly needed uniforms and practice equipment for the George Washington Preparatory High School girls volleyball team in Los Angeles, California
  • Replace torn and aged practice uniforms, that require athletic tape to hold them together, for the Rittman High School, Ohio, football team
  • Buy specialized equipment for the Berg Middle School Special Olympics track and field team in Newton, Iowa
  • Supply a new mat to replace a cracked and aging one used by the Greenbrier Middle School wrestling team in Tennessee

A complete list of the 2016/2017 recipients follows.

Many of the schools serve students from economically challenged areas and have experienced financial reductions to their sports programs. School districts across the country, from Minnesota to Florida and Pennsylvania to California, are proposing massive cuts or elimination of athletics to make up for educational budget deficits. The dire impacts on school sports programs are highlighted in two articles, one by CNBC (, and in Public School Review (

“California Casualty has been supporting educators for more than 65 years, and we understand the correlation between participation in sports and higher performance in the classroom,” said Doug Goldberg, Senior Vice President. Statistics show that student-athletes have higher test scores and are much more likely to attend college.

Public middle and high schools with an unmet need can try for next year; applications for the 2017/2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are now being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2018.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the Promise to Drive Focused for a chance to win a Ford Focus car,; $2,500 Academic Award,; and $200 Help Your Classroom grants,

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2016/2017 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients

Gaylesville School
Good Hope High School (Cullman)
Valley Jr. High School (Jasper)

Cholla Middle School (Phoenix)
Lake Havasu High School

Chino Hills High School
Crawford High School (San Diego)
Discovery High School (Yreka)
George Washington Preparatory High School (Los Angeles)
Hillview Middle School (Whittier)
Hook Jr. High School (Victorville)
Liberty High School (Brentwood)
San Pasqual High School (Escondido)
Simi Valley High School
Wells Middle School (Riverside)

George Washington High School (Denver)
Prairie View High School (Henderson)
William J. Palmer High School (Colorado Springs)

Carmen Arace Middle/Intermediate School (Bloomfield)
Griswold High School

Alexis I. du Pont Middle School (Wilmington)

Kamiah High School
Priest River High School

Kaneland High School (Maple Park)
Litchfield Middle/High School
Westmont High School

Brown Intermediate Center (South Bend)
Carlisle Middle School
South Ripley High School (Versailles)

Berg Middle School (Newton)
Herbert Hoover High School (Des Moines)

AMcPherson Middle School
Santa Fe Trail High School (Carbondale)

Lexington Traditional Magnet School
Moore Traditional School (Louisville)

Ellsworth High School

DuVal High School (Upper Marlboro)
Frederick Douglas High School (Upper Marlboro)

Benson Public School
Mankato East High School/Prairie Winds Middle School

Okolona Junior High School

Holman MIddle School (St. Ann)
Park Hill High School (Kansas City)

Schuyler Central High School

Lincoln County High School (Panaca)

New Hampshire
Manchester West High School

New Jersey
Colonia High School
Eisenhower Middle School (Succasunna)
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School (Iselin)
Lakeside Middle School (Millville)
Slocum Skewes School (Ridgefield)
Woodbridge High School

New Mexico
Heizer Middle School (Hobbs)
Jemez Valley High School (Jemez Pueblo)

Lakota East High School (Liberty Township)
Lakota West High School (West Chester)
Rittman High School
Woodmore Middle School (Woodville)

Irrigon Jr/Sr. High School
Patton Middle School (McMinnville)
Waldo Middle School (Salem)

Rochester Middle and High School
Tunkhannock Area High School

South Carolina
Heyward Gibbes Middle School (Columbia)

South Dakota
Hill City High School

Brown Middle School (Harrison)
Greenbrier Middle School
Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (Memphis)

Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy (Austin)

Hunter High School (West Valley)
Rich Middle School (Laketown)

Freedom High School (Woodbridge)
Northhampton High School (Cape Charles)

Bremerton High School
Pathfinder K-8 School (Seattle)
Perry G. Keithley Middle School (Tacoma)
Toppenish Middle School

Carey Junior High School (Cheyenne)
Roosevelt High School (Casper)

Thomas R Brown Athletics Grant Winner Coach Levi Nelson

Coach Levi Nelson, Rittman High Football Coach receiving his school’s grant.