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High School & Middle School Teachers: Apply Now for a California Casualty Athletics Grant

Bill Jacobs, Matt Rice

Whitney High School East/West teachers Bill Jacobs and Matt Rice were excited last year to receive an athletics grant from California Casualty that allowed them to purchase uniforms and equipment for their school’s softball team.

Public high schools and middle schools in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, is providing grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics. Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2017 for consideration for the 2016/2017 year.

Thanks to a California Casualty Athletics Grant, Whitney High School East/West in Hamden last school year was able to purchase uniforms and equipment for special education students playing on a school softball team. Physical education teacher Matt Rice said the grant allowed his students to “participate in activities that they otherwise wouldn’t have any way to access.”

Awards must be used to help subsidize school sports programs in ways such as purchasing new equipment or paying for competition travel costs. The grant cannot be used for individual student awards.

Applicants must be current members (or referred by a member) of the National Education Association (NEA) or one of the NEA state affiliates, as well as be an active employee of the public high school for which funding is sought. All applicants who submit their application by January 15, 2017 will be notified of their status by May 30, 2017. Official rules and applications can be found at

California Casualty has served educators since 1951 and has been providing the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance program since 2000. The company gives back through numerous Community Impact Initiatives. Learn more about the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program provided by California Casualty at

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