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Grant provides practice equipment for Hampton athletes

(Hampton Public Schools)

Junior high athletes at Hampton Public School won't have to borrow their practice equipment from high school teams anymore, thanks to the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant.

The $1,000 grant will go toward the purchase of practice jerseys and basketballs that they were currently borrowing from the high school athletes for each practice.

They are among 79 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $83,000 to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who believes that teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship help develop high achievers in academics and in life.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $660,000 has been awarded to some 600 schools across the nation.

“All students should have the opportunity to compete,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President. “California Casualty’s 67-year commitment to educators and schools also reaches to athletic fields.”

Another Nebraska school, Omaha Central High School, also received a $1,000 athletics grant.

Public middle and high schools in the Cornhusker State with an unmet need for a sports program can try for next year; applications for the 2018/2019 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are now being taken at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com. The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2019.

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