Roosevelt High School has been given a $1,000 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant to strengthen its competitive edge. The school will use the money to buy new basketballs and team jerseys for its basketball team.

Cheyenne’s Carey Junior High was also awarded a $1,000 California Casualty grant this year. The two Wyoming schools are among 79 public middle and high schools in 33 states given $83,000 to aid athletic departments affected by tight budgets.

The grant is named after California Casualty Chairman and sportsman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown. Since the creation of the grant in 2011, more than $580,000 has been awarded to some 500 schools across the county.

California Casualty, founded in 1914, is an insurance company that provides for those in fields including nursing, education and law enforcement. The company has partnered with the Wyoming Education Association to provide members auto and home insurance since 1987. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with service centers in Colorado, Arizona, California and Kansas and has been led by four generations of the Brown family.

“California Casualty has been supporting educators for more than 65 years, and we understand the correlation between participation in sports and higher performance in the classroom,” Doug Goldberg, senior vice president, said in a statement.

Applications for the 2017/2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are now being taken at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com. The deadline is Jan. 15.

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