Three Alabama schools receive Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants

Three Alabama high schools were awarded the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Douglas High School in Marshall County, Hackleburg High School in Marion County, and Sylvania High School in Dekalb County will share the $101,000 award along with 79 other schools in 31 states.

Dr. Stephanie Wisener, Director for EL, Migrant, Homeless, and Preschool Services for the Marshall County School System, submitted the grant for the Douglas High School tennis program. April Daniels, Marshall County Education Association Secretary, accepted the grant at an awards banquet held at the school. “We are very proud of Dr. Wisener and this is just one small example of how she goes above and beyond for our kids each and every day. We are fortunate to have her, not only as a member of the local association, but blessed to have her as a friend and colleague in the school system,” said Daniels. Dr. Wisener thanked Rhonda Jett, UniServ Director, for forwarding the grant information. “I never dreamed we would get the grant, but I truly do appreciate the forward and it will be well spent,” said Wisener.

Coach Mike Watts, girls’ softball coach at Hackleburg High School, submitted the grant to assist with rebuilding the softball field. This grant is especially helpful for the Hackleburg High School community. On April 27, 2011, the school, along with most of the community, was destroyed when an EF5 tornado tore through the town. After three years of rebuilding, local officials plan to be in the new school by the middle of this fall.

Sylvania High School in Dekalb County was the third recipient of the grant. The grant was submitted by and awarded to Regina Davis, for the high school softball team. Davis is a classroom teacher at Sylvania.

All three grants were presented during a ceremony on Awards Day for each respective school.

The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program was established to provide support to public high schools whose athletic programs are in jeopardy and in great need of funding. Since it began, the program has awarded over $300,000 to hundreds of public high schools across the nation. All state public high schools are eligible to apply with the exception of schools in Alaska, Hawaii, Mass., Mich., N.Y. or Wis.

The application deadline is January 15 for grant requests to be considered for the current school year with status notification by May 30. Grants submitted within the deadline that are not approved can be resubmitted. Applications received after January 15 will be considered for the following year’s grant program.

Active employees of the public high school for which the grant is being requested submit applications. The applicant must also be a current member, or referred by a current member, of the state NEA affiliate or one of the other participating educator associations.

A selection committee reviews all applications and determines award recipients and grant amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

For more information about the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant or to apply online, go to or email To learn more about California Casualty or to get an auto or home insurance quote, visit or call 1-866-680-5142.

Date: 07/09/14
Category: Announcements

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