San Mateo, CA, April 12, 2013 … California Casualty awarded a $1,000 Athletic Grant to Sean Cox, Head Athletic Trainer & Teacher at Salem High School on Thursday, May 16th. Sean was one of 457 applicants for the 2013 Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant provided by California Casualty. The funds will be used to support the Salem High School Football program with new helmets.
California Casualty awarded $101,500 in grants to 85 public high schools in 38 states this year. This is the third year the company is helping ensure youth can participate in athletics programs, which are often first on the chopping block of education budgets. The company’s financial support this year more than quadruples what was donated when the program launched in 2011.
Shrinking state education budgets and pressure to improve academic performance have forced many schools to trim and in some cases even eliminate athletics. Oftentimes coaches subsidize programs out of their own pockets, and many student athletes risk injury practicing with old and insufficient equipment. To a greater and greater extent, families are being asked to foot the athletics bill – and some students from economically disadvantaged homes end up not being able to participate.
This state of affairs disheartened Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, a retired third generation leader in the California Casualty family business. Brown said his own athletic participation as a youth impacted his self-esteem and leadership development.
“Youth sports teach teamwork, discipline and that hard work pays off,” Brown stated. “They’re a valuable complement to lessons learned in school.”
The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program began two years ago, with $25,000 in grants across four states. In 2012, the program awarded a total of $75,000 to 59 high schools across the country. There were 457 grant applications this year, a 70 percent increase.
California Casualty has a 62-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.”
For more information about the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program, visit www.CalCasAthleticsGrant.com.
California Casualty is a 99-year-old policyholder-owned company headquartered in San Mateo, CA with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas. Learn more about its auto and home insurance for firefighters, peace officers, educators and nurses at www.calcas.com.