Fifty-Nine High Schools across Nation Receive Grants from California Casualty for Athletic Programs

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California Casualty announced today it has awarded 59 grants totaling $75,000 to assist public high school athletic programs nationwide.

Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant

Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant

"Youth sports teach teamwork, discipline and that hard work pays off,” Brown said. “They’re a valuable complement to lessons learned in school.”

Shrinking state education budgets, coupled with pressure to improve academic performance, has forced many schools to trim or even eliminate athletics. In many cases, coaches have subsidized programs out of their own pockets while student athletes have risked injury practicing with old and insufficient equipment. More and more, families who simply aren’t able are asked to foot the athletics bill. Among this year’s applicants, many represent economically disadvantaged student athletes who cannot afford to pay participation fees or purchase uniforms.

These types of situations concerned California Casualty Chairman and past CEO 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.”

The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program began a year ago, with $25,000 in grants across four states. Applications revealed such compelling need that the grant pool was tripled and eligibility expanded to all states for the second year of the program. This time around, 275 applications for assistance poured in. The 59 selected programs received grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 which will be used for equipment, uniforms, fees and other associated costs for athletic programs. A full listing of grant recipients is attached.

California Casualty has a 60-year relationship with education and school administration associations.
“We understand the struggles they face every day,” said Doug Goldberg, Senior Vice President. “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, fire fighters and nurses in 44 states. Learn more at http://www.calcas.com. For more information about this program, visit http://www.CalCasAthleticsGrant.com.

Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients 2012

Alabama
Tuscaloosa County High School, Northport

Arizona
Cortez High School, Phoenix

California
Agoura High School, Agoura Hills
Cajon High School, San Bernardino
Calipatria High School, Calipatria
Chaffey High School, Ontario
Chaparral High School, Temecula
Hawthorne Math & Science Academy, Hawthorne
Hoover High School, Fresno
Natomas High School, Sacramento
Rim of the World High School, Lake Arrowhead
San Jose High School, San Jose
Vista Del Lago High School, Moreno Valley
Wilson High School, Long Beach

Colorado
Fort Morgan High School, Fort Morgan
Lakewood High School, Lakewood
Westminster High School, Westminster

Delaware
Laurel High School, Laurel
Seaford Senior High School, Seaford

Florida
New Smyrna High School, New Smyrna Beach

Georgia
Early County High School, Blakely

Idaho
Buhl High School, Buhl
Emmett High School, Emmett

Illinois
Alton Senior High School, Alton
Bunker Hill High School, Bunker Hill

Indiana
Jasper High School, Jasper

Iowa
Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Waverly

Kansas
Eisenhower High School, Goddard
St. John-Hudson High School, St. John

Kentucky
Bryan Station High School, Lexington
Casey County High School, Liberty

Maine
Morse High School, Bath
Washburn District High School, Washburn

Maryland
Chesapeake High School, Essex
Havre de Grace High School, Havre de Grace

Minnesota
Park Rapids Area High School, Park Rapids
Verndale Public School, Verndale

Missouri
Brookfield R-II High School, Brookfield
Pattonville High School, Maryland Heights
Ste. Genevieve High School, Ste. Genevieve

New Jersey
Morris Hills High School, Rockaway

New Mexico
(2) Hatch Valley High School, Hatch

North Carolina
Pamlico County High School, Bayboro

Ohio
Liberty Center High School, Liberty Center
Riverside High School, Painesville
Xenia High School, Xenia

Oregon
Ashland High School, Ashland
Elgin High School, Elgin

Pennsylvania
Brownsville Area High School, Brownsville
Curwensville High School, Curwensville
East Juniata High School, McAlisterville
East Pennsboro Area High School, Enola
Huntington Area High School, Huntington
Ligonier Valley High School, Ligonier
Moniteau High School, West Sunbury
Waynesburg Central High School, Waynesburg

South Carolina
Rock Hill High School, Rock Hill

Virginia
Patrick Henry High School, Glade Spring

Washington
Mountain View High School, Vancouver

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