For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg, 719.532.8436

California Casualty Helps 86 Schools Gain a Competitive Edge with 2016 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants


San Mateo, CA, April 1, 2016 … Athletes at 86 public high schools from 34 states will benefit from a 2016 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty. The schools will share $102,500 that will go towards purchasing new equipment, improving athlete safety and offsetting sports participation fees. Some schools received multiple grants.

The grant is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, who is a champion of helping more student-athletes learn valuable lessons of teamwork and confidence. Since its inception in 2011, more than 400 high schools across the nation have received over $500,000.

Many of the schools have large student populations that receive free or reduced-cost lunches and consequently have fewer and fewer dollars allocated for their sports programs. California Casualty's continued support is essential for these schools, as evidenced by Hazelwood, Missouri, where the school board recently cut $1 million from their operating budget, eliminating 16 physical education teachers and decreasing high school athletic and activity funding by 10 percent.

The 93 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants awarded this year will help:

  • Hazelwood High in Missouri purchase badly needed baseballs, bats and uniforms for the boys baseball team
  • Norwood High in Ohio reduce or eliminate participation fees for students who want to play on the football team, providing a positive afternoon activity for more teens
  • Oak Harbor High in Washington to obtain new uniforms for the freshmen basketball team that had been using tattered, outsized "hand-me-downs"
  • Fremont High School in California replace soccer goals that have been badly bent and ripped by many years of use
  • Millbrook High in North Carolina purchase uniforms for the coed cheer team that serves special needs students

"Sports play an important role in schools across the country," said Doug Goldberg, Senior Vice President. "California Casualty has supported educators for 65 years and we are honored to give back to help more student-athletes compete and succeed."

There is an exciting new addition for the 2016/2017 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants – the program has been expanded to include public middle schools. Applications are now being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2017.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the $2,500 Academic Award, and $200 Help Your Classroom grants,

A complete list of the 2015/2016 recipients follows.

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2015/2016 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients

J.O. Johnson High School (Huntsville)

Casteel High School (Gilbert)
North Canyon High School (Phoenix)

Azusa High School
Bear Creek High School (Stockton)
Bear River High School (Grass Valley)
Coliseum College Prep Academy (Oakland)
Fremont High School (Oakland)
Highland High School (Bakersfield)
Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo High School (Long Beach)
Mammoth High School (Mammoth Lakes)
Redlands High School
San Diego High School
San Pasqual Valley High School (Winterhaven)
San Ysidro High School (San Diego)
Thurgood Marshal High School (San Francisco)
Willow Glen High School (San Jose)

Hinkley High School (Aurora)
Standley Lake High School (Westminster)

Wheeler High School (North Stonington)

Delmar High School

East Lee County High School (Lehigh Acres)
Milton High School

Clearwater Valley High School (Kooskia)
Kimberly High School

Heyworth High School
Prairie Central High School (Fairbury)
Woodland High School (Streator)

Austin High School North
Seymour High School
Southwestern Jr/Sr. High School (Hanover)

Iowa City High School

Atchison County Community High School (Effingham)

Johnson Central High School (Paintsville)
Larry A. Ryle High School (Union)

North Webster High School (Springhill)

Parkdale High School (Riverdale)
Tuscarora High School (Frederick)

Waterville Elysian Morristown High School
Wellstone International High School (Minneapolis)
Win-E-Mac Public School (Erskine)

Water Valley High School

Center Sr. High School (Kansas City)
Hazelwood High School (Florissant)

Bigfork High School

Aurora High School
Conestoga High School (Murray)
Hershey Middle/High School
Omaha North Magnet High School
Wauneta-Palisade High School

White Pine High School (Ely)

New Jersey
Edison High School
John P. Stevens High School (Edison)
Kearny High School
Linden High School
Rahway High School

New Mexico
Carlsbad High School
Moriarty High School

North Carolina
Millbrook High School (Raleigh)

Belmont High School (Dayton)
Little Miami High School (Morrow)
Norwood High School
Reading High School

Shawnee High School

Hood River Valley High School
Nyssa High School
Roosevelt High School (Portland)
South Jetty High School (Warrenton)
Wallowa High School

Everett Area High School
Honesdale High School
Leechburg High School
Shanksville-Stonycreek High School
Williamsburg Jr/Sr. High School

Kenwood High School (Clarksville)
Northwest High School (Clarksville)

Coronado High School (Lubbock)
Thomas Jefferson High School (Dallas)

Timpview High School (Provo)

Liberty High School (Bedford)

Connell High School
Oak Harbor High School
Seattle World School
South Kitsap High School (Port Orchard)

Cheyenne Central High School
East High School (Cheyenne)


Photo of Greg Friz and Lawrence Nilles

California Casualty's Greg Friz with Lawrence Nilles, President of Wake County NCAE

Team Up with California Casualty for a Thomas R Brown Athletics Grant