Money Available for School Athletic Programs in South Dakota from California Casualty


The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, who understands that valuable lessons such as pride and confidence lead to success in the classroom and in the community.

Last year, Hill City Football received $1,000. Hill City was among 79 public middle and high schools from 33 states that shared $83,000 in athletic grants from California Casualty. Many of the schools face economic challenges and have experienced financial reductions to their sports programs.

The funds helped to purchase a greatly needed “Gauntlet” sled that “will allow all athletes to get full speed reps at their ability level in practice with a reduced risk of injury”

“All students should have the opportunity to compete,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President. “California Casualty’s 66 year commitment to educators and schools also reaches to athletic fields.”

Since its inception in 2011, nearly $600,000 dollars have been awarded to almost 500 schools across the nation.

Applications are being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2018, with 2017/2018 recipients announced in April.

California Casualty has provided auto and home insurance to educators since 1951.  The company gives back to educators through other community impact initiatives:

Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the Colorado Education Association to provide members auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs since 1996. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.800.800.9410.