The race for a 2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty is now on. Public high schools and middle schools in New Jersey that are in need of financial help for their sports programs are urged to apply at Applications must be received by January 15, 2018 for consideration for the 2017/2018 academic year. Qualifying teams can score up to $3,000.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, who understands that valuable lessons such as pride and confidence lead to success in the classroom and in the community.

Last year, six New Jersey schools each received $1,000. They were part of 79 public middle and high schools from 33 states that shared $83,000 in athletic grants from California Casualty. Many of the programs face economic challenges and have experienced financial reductions to their sports programs. The funds helped the schools purchase much needed athletic equipment, offset participation fees, and improve athlete safety.

The grants helped:

  • Eisenhower Middle School (Succasunna, Morris County) update their wrestling mat
  • Lakeside Middle School (Millville, Cumberland County) buy new balls and equipment for the soccer team
  • The Slocum Skewes School (Ridgefield, Bergen County) provide new basketball uniforms
  • Woodbridge School District (Middlesex County) purchase updated equipment for the three track and field programs at Colonial High School, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and Woodbridge High School

“All students should have the opportunity to compete,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President. “California Casualty’s 66 year commitment to educators and schools also reaches to athletic fields.”

Since its inception in 2011, nearly $600,000 dollars have been awarded to almost 500 schools across the nation.

Applications are being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2018, with 2017/2018 recipients announced in April.

California Casualty has served educators since 1951 and has provided the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program since 2000. The company gives back to educators through other community impact initiatives:

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