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 www.CalCasAthleticsGrant.com. 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, www.CalCasAcademicAward.com and $200 Help Your Classroom grants, www.calcas.com/help-your-classroom.
A complete list of the 2015/2016 recipients follows.
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2015/2016 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients