“I want students to know that they can rise above their circumstances and achieve anything.”

Caylin Moore (pronounced Kai-Linn) is a 2017 Rhodes Scholar and former collegiate Division I football player who is using his platform to empower and encourage today’s youth through motivational speaking.His incredibly inspiring story has gained national recondition from outlets such as NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, ESPN.com, Fox Sports, and more.

Having grown up in Compton/Carson, California, Caylin faced immense hardship being the son of a convicted murderer now serving a life sentence (father) and a sexual assault survivor (mother). His family also struggled financially and recalls times when his mother could not afford to feed all three of her children. To distract himself from hunger, Caylin did countless pushups to take the pain away from his stomach and put it in his arms.

Despite the overwhelming pressures of his day-to-day life, Caylin made the choice to defy all odds and focus on achieving a brighter future. His drive and determination have pushed him to accomplish the unthinkable at such a young age. Caylin’s résumé consists of extraordinary entries, including: University of Bristol- Fulbright Summer Institute Participant 2014; Princeton University-Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy Fellow 2015; Texas Christian University 2017 Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Minor in Mathematics and Sociology; 2017 Rhodes Scholar.

From early on, Caylin understood the important connection between athletics and education. He applied to 25 colleges and was accepted by 19. He ultimately ended up at Marist College in New York, where he played football and was accepted into the highly competitive international Fulbright Scholarship Program. After sustaining a back injury that limited his playing time, Caylin made the decision to transfer to Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. However, while finishing out the year at Marist, Caylin began doing custodial work at the college in order to support himself. He describes this experience as being extremely humbling, and because of it, he adopted the mindset that no matter what he does in life, he will be the absolute best at it.

While attending and playing football at TCU, Caylin co-founded a student group organization called TCU S.P.A.R.K. (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids), an outreach organization that inspires youth through quality interaction and mentorship by fellow collegiate athletes, while also emphasizing the importance of education.

In an ESPN.com article, TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson said, “If I could get all of my group to be half of what [Caylin] tries to be on a day-to-day basis – and we’ve got good kids – we would all be a lot better off.”

On November 19, 2016, Caylin received the call of a lifetime. He became one of 32 recipients across the United States to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and the opportunity to study at Oxford University. During the fall of 2017, Caylin will complete his graduate studies at Oxford to earn his master’s in sociology as well as a master’s in public policy and business administration. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. Recipients are chosen for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership, character, and commitment to others and to the common good.

Caylin is already being sought after by prestigious universities including Harvard and Stanford to continue his education after his time at Oxford.



Student Impact:

  • Students leave energized, feeling moved and inspired to achieve academic success
  • Caylin effectively communicates his message to students of diverse backgrounds and empowers them to overcome great adversity
  • His messages stress the importance of being a well-rounded student, who makes health character choices, ultimately improving campus climate

Parent Impact:

  • Caylin stresses the importance of a having a strong family unit and how it positively impacts the growth of a child

Staff Impact:

  • Caylin demonstrates concepts for connecting with students of diverse backgrounds, helping educators break academic barriers

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