Three New Jersey schools score athletics grants from California Casualty

Student athletes at Clayton High School, Copeland Middle School (Rockaway) and Pompton Lakes High School will benefit from the 2019 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. They are among 64 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $67,000 to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.

The NJ schools received grants ranging from $1000 – $1500.  Clayton HS will use the funds to purchase needed softball uniforms and equipment.  Copeland MS will support their basketball program and the team at Pompton Lakes HS plans to purchase football equipment.

(L-R) California Casualty’s Christina Ramos, Clayton H.S. Assistant Principal Daniel Antonelli, Softball Coach & Applicant Nancy Kinsley, Superintendent Nicholas Koutsogiannis, Softball Coach Joe Moore, Principal Joseph Visalli, and Region 2 Uniserv Rena Kallio.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who has observed that lessons learned on athletic fields – teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship – translate to the classroom and beyond.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $738,000 has been awarded to over 660 schools across the nation.

(L-R) Pompton Lake H.S. Coach Scott Mahoney (applicant), California Casualty’s Alina Fayerman, Robert Edgar, teacher and Pompton Lakes Education Association building rep, and Principal Dr. Vincent Pryzbylinski, Jr.

“The Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants benefit students and communities, and California Casualty is proud to support that effort,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover®,; $250 Music and Arts Grants,, and $200 Help Your Classroom grants,

Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the NEA to provide members auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs since 2000. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, 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 or call 1.800.800.9410.

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