News release from Fort Wayne Community Schools:
Wayne gets $1,000 for uniforms
Wayne High School will receive $1,000 from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program to purchase new uniforms. Wayne is one of 85 public high schools in 38 states receiving a total of $101,500 for struggling athletics programs. The grant will be delivered at 3:15 today.
Wayne’s Cross Country boys’ team has new uniforms but no warm-ups. The girls’ team uniforms and warm-ups have not been replaced in years. The team investigated ordering T-shirts and sweats for the runners, but many of them couldn’t afford the price. The grant from California Casualty will assist in purchasing the necessary attire, which will boost morale and confidence to compete.
California Casualty Chairman and CEO Beau Brown established the grant program in honor of his father, Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, a lifelong athlete and sportsman, recognizing the challenge many schools have in paying for quality uniforms.
“Youth sports teach teamwork, discipline and that hard work pays off,” Tom Brown said. “They’re a valuable complement to lessons learned in school.”