For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg, 719.532.8436

79 Schools Score 2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants from California Casualty


San Mateo, CA, April 13, 2018 – Athletes at 79 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states will benefit from the 2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. More than $83,000 is being given to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who believes that teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship help develop high achievers in academics and in life. Since its inception in 2011, more than $660,000 has been awarded to some 600 schools across the nation.

Some examples of the how the 2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants will help schools include:

  • Crosby High School (Connecticut) purchase a tackling and blocking sled to increase football team player safety
  • Somersworth Middle School (New Hampshire) outfit the softball team with new uniforms
  • Red Bay High School (Alabama) provide uniforms and equipment for the baseball team
  • Santan Junior High School (Arizona) invest in soccer and track and field equipment for the school’s ADAPTS sports activities for autistic students
  • Gervais Middle School (Oregon) outfit the track and field team with sweat suits and a canopy to protect athletes during cold-weather meets
  • Matt Garcia Career and College Academy (California) supply balls and basic equipment for the school’s beleaguered volleyball and basketball teams

A complete list of the 2017/2018 recipients follows.

“All students should have the opportunity to compete,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President. “California Casualty’s 67 year commitment to educators and schools also reaches to athletic fields.”

Public middle and high schools with an unmet need for a sports program can try for next year; applications for the 2018/2019 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are now being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2019.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the “Wherever Your Journey Takes you…We’ll be there” sweepstakes for a chance to win a Dodge Journey,; $7,500 School Lounge Makeover®,; and $200 Help Your Classroom grants,

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to nurses, educators, firefighters and law enforcement. Founded in 1914, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. Learn more at or call 1.800.800.9410.

2017/2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients

Fairview High School
Red Bay high School

Coconino High School (Flagstaff)
Paradise Valley High School (Phoenix)
Santan Junior High School (Chandler)

Coalinga High School
Hillcrest High School (Riverside)
Matt Garcia Career and College Academy (Fairfield)
New Dawn High School (San Diego)
Piedmont Hills High School (San Jose)
Pittsburgh High School
Ray Wiltsey Middle School (Ontario)
Stagg High School (Stockton)
Tierra Buena Elementary School (Yuba City)
William Mullholland Middle School (Van Nuys)
Yermo High School

Fort Collins High School
Northridge High School (Greeley)
Preston Middle School (Fort Collins)
Wheat Ridge High School

Crosby High School (Waterbury)
Danbury High School

AlKey West High School

Burley Jr/Sr. High School Firth Middle School

Elgin High School
Normal Community High School

New Albany Senior High School
North Putnam Middle School (Roachdale)
Tell City Jr/Sr. High School

Central City High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School (Des Moines)

Salina High School South

Barbourville High School
Livingston County Middle School (Burna)
Southern High School (Louisville)


Miden High School

Lewiston High School
Woodland Consolidated School

Milford Mill Academy (Baltimore)
Somerset Intermediate School (Westover)

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School (Belgrade)
Braham Area High School

Northwest Jackson IB Middle School

Frontier Middle School (O’Fallon) Kingsville High School

Florence-Carlton High School (Florence)
Plains Public School

Hampton Public Schools
Omaha Central High School

New Hampshire
Hillside Middle School (Manchester)
Somersworth Middle School

New Jersey
Belleville High School
Cliffside Park School #3
Manchester Regional High School (Haledon)
Port Norris Middle School
Township of Ocean Intermediate School

Concord High School

Bath High School (Lima)
Lincolnview High School (Van Wert)

Centennial High School (Gresham)
Gervais Middle School
Henley Middle School (Klamath Falls)

Homer-Center High School (Homer City)
Lafayette middle School (Uniontown)

Coffee County Central High School (Manchester)
Mt. Pleasant High School

Jim Barnes Middle School (Seguin)
Memorial 9th Grade Academy (Port Arthur)

Lehi Junior High School

Greensville County High School (Emporia)
Holston High School (Damascus)
Huguenot High School (Richmond)

Cascade Middle School (Longview)
Mabton Jr. High School
Mountain View Middle School (Bremerton)
Thomas Jefferson High School (Auburn)

Green River High School
Star Valley High School (Afton)

California Casualty Athletic Grant Winners

(L to R): Field Marketing Manager Scott McKenna presenting the grant to Somersworth Middle School (New Hampshire) softball coach and applicant Kaley Waterman, Principal Dana Hilliard and NEA New Hampshire representative Jeff Kantorowski