Caylin Moore

Last updated: 2011

Caylin Moore

2011 Beat the Odds Honoree

At the age of six, Caylin Moore’s mother took the courageous step to leave a volatile home plagued by domestic violence. She raised Caylin and his two siblings as a single mother, entered and finished law school, and saved her children from a vicious cycle of abuse. Despite her triumphs, she and her young family still struggle with the residual effects of a difficult, and at times dangerous, domestic life. In 2009, Caylin’s father was convicted of the murder of a live-in girlfriend whom he shot at point-blank range. Caylin expresses with sadness, “I am sorry to say that I knew this would happen one day.” Though his mother’s mental and physical health struggles have led to great financial hardship, Caylin uses his mother as an example of strength and determination. Because of her influence on his life, Caylin believes “failure is not an option.”

Caylin has not only met his mother’s expectations for success, but exceeded them. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and is an outstanding three-sport scholar-athlete despite being diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia and Asthma. In 2010, Caylin was named Varsity Quarterback and captain of the Verbum Dei football team; competed in the CIF Track and Field Finals in the triple jump, and served as a swim instructor at the Hemingway Aquatic Center. Additionally, Caylin’s strong faith and commitment to service have encouraged him to participate as a member of the Verbum Dei Campus Ministry Leadership Team and serve as a volunteer for the Southern California Falcons Youth Football Program as a Certified Youth Football Coach.

In spite of his challenges, Caylin says, “my options in life are not limited to my past, or by the choices of those in my past. I realize that my future is bright, and I am only limited by my dreams…my refusal to be a victim of my situation is the reason for my success.”