Contact: Debbie Harris at 888.307.1449,

Time Running Out to Apply for California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants


San Mateo, CA, January 2, 2013 … The application deadline for the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program is almost here. The program assists struggling athletics programs in public high schools. Grant seekers have until January 15, 2013 to file their application materials; guidelines and forms can be found at

California Casualty Senior Vice President Doug Goldberg said, “We know there are many school athletic programs that are hanging on by a thread. We want to make sure that as many of them as possible can be considered for support.”

Shrinking state education budgets, coupled with pressure to improve academic performance, have forced many schools to trim or eliminate athletic programs. In many cases, coaches subsidize programs out of their own pockets. Student athletes risk injury practicing with old, worn out equipment.

Such situations concerned California Casualty Chairman and past CEO/President Thomas R. Brown, who enjoyed school athletics and understands their impact on self-esteem and leadership development. “Youth sports teach teamwork, discipline and that hard work pays off,” Brown said. “They’re a valuable complement to lessons learned in school.”

During the previous two years, California Casualty awarded $100,000 in grants to 69 schools in 26 states. In the upcoming program year, $75,000 will be allocated in grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to schools across the nation.

Applicants must be a current member (or referred by a member) of the National Education Association (NEA) or other participating educator association: ACSA, CASE, COSA, KASA, NASA or UASSP – as well as be an active employee of the public high school for which funding is sought. Schools in AK, HI, MA, MI, NY and WI are not eligible. Complete details can be found at Award notifications will be made by April 30, 2013.

California Casualty has a 60-year relationship with education and school administration associations. “We understand their struggles,” Goldberg added. “This is our way of giving back.” 

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance products to educators, law enforcement,firefighters and nurses in 44 states.  Learn more at  For more information about this program, visit