Harrisburg High School has received a grant to boost their athletics program, thanks to the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant initiative. They are among 85 public high schools in 38 states receiving a total of $101,500 for struggling athletics.
Harrisburg High School has had no budget for any of its sports for a while other than coaching salaries. Its wrestling team has relied on fundraising to be able to purchase training equipment, uniforms, shoes and for travel. But the year-in-year-out fundraising doesn't begging to cover the cost of reconditioning the mats required for practice and competition. The current mats are falling apart and head wrestling coach Greg Langley worries about his team safety. The California Casualty grant will help toward the cost of reconditioning one of the mats.
Shrinking state and local education budgets, pressure on schools to focus efforts on academics and diminishing funds for athletics inspired California Casualty Chairman and CEO Beau Brown to establish the grant program in honor of his father — Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, a lifelong athlete and sportsman. The senior Brown experienced firsthand the beneficial relationship of sports and academics.
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