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

Bloomfield’s 5th-8th grade softball team received a California Casualty Athletics Grant last year to purchase uniforms and needed equipment. Coach Mary Kay Rendock is at right and assistant coach Lauren Serafino is at left.

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, 2018 for consideration for the 2017-2018 school year.

Thanks to a California Casualty Athletics Grant, last year Mary Kay Rendock, a math instructional coach at Carmen Arace Intermediate School in Bloomfield, was able to purchase uniforms, specialty catcher gloves, and other crucial equipment for the girls middle school softball team she coaches.

Rendock says that being able to purchase uniforms made the girls feel like a real team.

“They develop the confidence that they can try something new and be successful,” she said.

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 or middle school for which funding is sought. All applicants who submit their application by January 15, 2018 will be notified of their status by May 30, 2018. 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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