79 Schools Catch a 2017 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty

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California Casualty awarded a total of $83,000 to public middle and high schools across the nation with a need for their sports programs. Applications for the 2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are being taken now at http://www.calcasathleticsgrant.com.

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California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program

California Casualty has been supporting educators for more than 65 years, and we understand the correlation between participation in sports and higher performance in the classroom.

Athletes at 79 public schools in 33 states will be gaining a competitive edge thanks to the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. A total of $83,000 was given to help middle and high school sports programs across the country purchase equipment, improve player safety and offset participation fees. Some schools received more than one grant.

The program is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, an avid sportsman himself. Since its inception in 2011, more than 500 schools across the nation have received over $580,000.

The 82 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants awarded this year will help:

  • Provide participation fees and uniforms for Pennsylvania’s Rochester Middle School basketball team and the high school bowling team, both facing large budget reductions
  • Purchase direly needed uniforms and practice equipment for the George Washington Preparatory High School girls volleyball team in Los Angeles, California
  • Replace torn and aged practice uniforms, that require athletic tape to hold them together, for the Rittman High School, Ohio, football team
  • Buy specialized equipment for the Berg Middle School Special Olympics track and field team in Newton, Iowa
  • Supply a new mat to replace a cracked and aging one used by the Greenbrier Middle School wrestling team in Tennessee

A complete list of the 2016/2017 recipients follows.

Many of the schools serve students from economically challenged areas and have experienced financial reductions to their sports programs. School districts across the country, from Minnesota to Florida and Pennsylvania to California, are proposing massive cuts or elimination of athletics to make up for educational budget deficits. The dire impacts on school sports programs are highlighted in two articles, one by CNBC (http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/29/youth-sports-kids-athletics-are-in-danger.html), and in Public School Review (https://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/hello-budget-cuts-goodbye-sports-the-threat-to-athletics.

California Casualty has been supporting educators for more than 65 years, and we understand the correlation between participation in sports and higher performance in the classroom,” said Doug Goldberg, Senior Vice President. Statistics show that student-athletes have higher test scores and are much more likely to attend college.

Public middle and high schools with an unmet need can try for next year; applications for the 2017/2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are now being taken at http://www.calcasathleticsgrant.com. The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2018.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the Promise to Drive Focused for a chance to win a Ford Focus car, $2,500 Academic Award, and $200 Help Your Classroom grants.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement, firefighters and nurses in 44 states. Founded in 1914, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit http://www.calcas.com or call 1.800.800.9410.

2016/2017 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Recipients

Alabama
Gaylesville School
Good Hope High School (Cullman)
Valley Jr. High School (Jasper)

Arizona
Cholla Middle School (Phoenix)
Lake Havasu High School

California
Chino Hills High School
Crawford High School (San Diego)
Discovery High School (Yreka)
George Washington Preparatory High School (Los Angeles)
Hillview Middle School (Whittier)
Hook Jr. High School (Victorville)
Liberty High School (Brentwood)
San Pasqual High School (Escondido)
Simi Valley High School
Wells Middle School (Riverside)

Colorado
George Washington High School (Denver)
Prairie View High School (Henderson)
William J. Palmer High School (Colorado Springs)

Connecticut
Carmen Arace Middle/Intermediate School (Bloomfield)
Griswold High School
Delaware
Alexis I. du Pont Middle School (Wilmington)

Idaho
Kamiah High School
Priest River High School

Illinois
Kaneland High School (Maple Park)
Litchfield Middle/High School
Westmont High School

Indiana
Brown Intermediate Center (South Bend)
Carlisle Middle School
South Ripley High School (Versailles)

Iowa
Berg Middle School (Newton)
Herbert Hoover High School (Des Moines)

Kansas
McPherson Middle School
Santa Fe Trail High School (Carbondale)

Kentucky
Lexington Traditional Magnet School
Moore Traditional School (Louisville)

Maine
Ellsworth High School

Maryland
DuVal High School (Upper Marlboro)
Frederick Douglas High School (Upper Marlboro)

Minnesota
Benson Public School
Mankato East High School/Prairie Winds Middle School

Mississippi
Okolona Junior High School

Missouri
Holman Middle School (St. Ann)
Park Hill High School (Kansas City)

Nebraska
Schuyler Central High School

Nevada
Lincoln County High School (Panaca)

New Hampshire
Manchester West High School

New Jersey
Colonia High School
Eisenhower Middle School (Succasunna)
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School (Iselin)
Lakeside Middle School (Millville)
Slocum Skewes School (Ridgefield)
Woodbridge High School

New Mexico
Heizer Middle School (Hobbs)
Jemez Valley High School (Jemez Pueblo)

Ohio
Lakota East High School (Liberty Township)
Lakota West High School (West Chester)
Rittman High School
Woodmore Middle School (Woodville)

Oregon
Irrigon Jr/Sr. High School
Patton Middle School (McMinnville)
Waldo Middle School (Salem)

Pennsylvania
Rochester Middle and High School
Tunkhannock Area High School

South Carolina
Heyward Gibbes Middle School (Columbia)

South Dakota
Hill City High School

Tennessee
Brown Middle School (Harrison)
Greenbrier Middle School
Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (Memphis)

Texas
Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy (Austin)

Utah
Hunter High School (West Valley)
Rich Middle School (Laketown)

Virginia
Freedom High School (Woodbridge)
Northhampton High School (Cape Charles)

Washington
Bremerton High School
Pathfinder K-8 School (Seattle)
Perry G. Keithley Middle School (Tacoma)
Toppenish Middle School

Wyoming
Carey Junior High School (Cheyenne)
Roosevelt High School (Casper)

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