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California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant provides money for school sports teams in Missouri

The race for a 2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty is now on. Public high schools and middle schools in Missouri 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, two Missouri schools, Holman Middle School (St. Ann) and Park Hill High School (Kansas City), each received $1,000. They were among 79 public middle and high schools from 33 states that shared $83,000 in athletic grants from California Casualty. Many of the schools face economic challenges and have experienced financial reductions to their sports programs.

The funds helped purchase uniforms and equipment to allow more students to participate on the Holman Middle School coed volleyball team and increase safety for the Park Hill High softball team with new batting helmets and pitching screen.

“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.

Complete an applications 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 auto and home insurance to MNEA members since 1996. The company gives back to educators through other community impact initiatives:

  • The $200 Help Your Classroom monthly grants,

  • The NEA Foundation/California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence – given to educators to honor and promote excellence in education and to elevate professionalism. Winners receive $650 for their schools,


Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the Missouri NEA to provide auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs since 1996. 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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