The Philomath Middle School girls basketball program received a $1,000 grant that will go toward the purchase of new uniforms for the team. The Braves had previously been forced to share the boys basketball team uniforms.
California Casualty officially presented the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant to the school during a presentation Friday morning.
Philomath Middle School was one of 64 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $67,149 to help purchase new equipment, improve player safety and provide uniforms. Two other Oregon schools, Astoria Middle School and Parish Middle School in Salem, also received athletics grants from California Casualty this year.
California Casualty’s Senior Field Marketing Manager Sherry Hanacek presented the grant to PMS Friday. Coach Chad Matthews believes the new uniforms will increase player comfort and encourage more to participate.
Since its inception in 2011, more than $738,000 has been awarded to some 630 schools across the nation.
The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who has observed that lessons learned on athletic fields — teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship — translate to the classroom and beyond.