Leland & Gray scores $1,000 athletics grant


TOWNSHEND — Student-athletes at Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School will gain a competitive edge thanks to a 2019 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty. The school is 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.

Leland & Gray received $1,000 that will go towards purchasing uniforms to accommodate the flood of new student-athletes, with the addition of a sixth-grade class to the school next fall. Leland & Gray is the only school in New England receiving this grant.

On April 5, Amy Grosso, a regional field manager for California Casualty, delivered the $1,000 check to Principal Bob Thibault and Athletic Director Marty Testo. Several Leland & Gray middle school students then posed for a photograph in front of the school with Grosso, Thibault and Testo.

"We couldn't be more excited and thankful for this money!" reported Testo, who originally applied for the grant after Thibault forwarded him an email from Grant Writer CJ King, of nearby Grace Cottage Hospital.

"It truly was a community effort to get the grant, and as always, the L&G community came together to support the kids," said Thibault.

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. Since its inception in 2011, more than $738,000 has been awarded to some 630 schools across the nation.

"The Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants benefit students and communities, and California Casualty is proud to support that effort," said Lisa Almeida, California Casualty's Assistant Vice President.

According to Testo, L&G plans to use the money to fund middle school uniforms for next year's teams.



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