High School Athletic Programs Compete for California Casualty Grants

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California Casualty announced today the dates of the application period for its Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program for public high schools. Applications will be accepted between September 15, 2012 and January 15, 2013. Guidelines and application forms can be found at http://www.calcasathleticsgrant.com.

Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

“During these tough economic times, donations like this make a huge difference,” said Principal James Tager. “Track and field is our largest coed program, but the cost of the equipment is high. Thank you so much for the grant.”

Shrinking state budgets and mandates to improve academic performance have forced many schools to trim or even eliminate some of their athletics programs. Oftentimes, coaches and parents end up subsidizing sports out of their own pockets, and athletes risk injury by practicing or playing with worn, unsafe equipment – or face the disappointment of not playing at all.

Athletes and coaches at New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida know the fallout from budget cuts. The local education system provides no budget at all for athletics. Each team must raise the funds to support its program. Now, thanks to $1,000 from California Casualty, New Smyrna Beach’s track and field program was able to acquire pole vaulting equipment.

“During these tough economic times, donations like this make a huge difference,” said Principal James Tager. “Track and field is our largest coed program, but the cost of the equipment is high. Thank you so much for the grant.”

During the past two years, California Casualty awarded $100,000 in grants to 69 schools in 26 states. A list of those schools and recipient photographs follow. In the upcoming year, $75,000 will be allocated in grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to schools nationwide.

Applicants must be a current member (or referred by a member) of the National Education Association (NEA) 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 http://www.calcasathleticsgrant.com.

Award notifications will be made by April 30, 2013.

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides the auto and home insurance benefit for NEA members. To learn more about the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program provided by California Casualty, please visit http://www.calcas.com or call 800.800.9410. For more information about athletic grants, visit http://www.CalCasAthleticsGrant.com.

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