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California Casualty hits home run for two Maine high school athletics programs

Two Maine high schools have received grants to boost their athletics programs, thanks to the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant initiative. They join 57 other high schools from across the country sharing a $75,000 grants pool to assist their struggling athletics programs.

At Morse High School in Bath, ME, the football program is jeopardized by equipment that is older than the five-year cap mandated by new safety regulations. The school district’s nearly $1 million budget shortfall “is affecting every program considered non-essential or too costly to fund,” said P.E. teacher and football coach Charles Bingham. Morse will use its grant to assist in the purchase of new helmets and pads for the team.

FMI: Morse High School award and photo

With fewer than 100 students, Washburn District High School in the tiny community of Washburn, ME has many unfulfilled needs for its athletics program. Teacher April Flagg identified new gymnasium bleachers, soft ball field completion, new baseball bats and warm-ups for the track and field team (which begins training while snow is still on the ground) as key needs. The school will use its grant to meet some of those needs.

Shrinking state education budgets, pressure on schools to focus efforts on academics, and diminishing funds for athletics inspired California Casualty President and CEO Beau Brown to establish the grant program in honor of his father – Chairman Tom Brown, a lifelong athlete and sportsman.

For more information about the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program, visit

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