Dos Pueblos water polo player Jaden Moore has the formidable task of defending against the best offensive player of the opposing team.
Even if the opponent is bigger and stronger, Moore never shies away from the challenge.
He goes about his life with that same drive and positivity.
The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table on Monday honored Moore as the recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award from Dos Pueblos. The award recognizes a student-athlete’s character on and off the playing field.
Moore not only gets it done in the pool for the Charger water polo and swim teams at DP, he is a model student. He holds a weighted GPA of 4.97, is an academic mentor of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, and is part of the Octobots Robotics Club.
“He’s going to be one our nation’s leading engineers,” said award sponsor Dave Pintard is his presentation.
In addition to his hard work in the classroom and in the pool, he’s chalked up 80 hours of community service.
Water polo coach Chris Parrish said he knew he had something special when he started writing down everything Moore does for the team.
“Ethics, I wish I could take credit. I’ve only had a chance to coach him for four months,” said Parrish. “It’s got to go to his parents (Ian and Josephine Moore), who are both public school educators here in this town. They’re the ones that really gave him, I think, the ethics that he brings to the pool.
“There is no better recipient than this. He is a true student athlete, and I think he epitomizes everything that the Womble Award is about.”
DP Athletic Director Dan Feldhaus said in a statement read by Pintard that Moore “demonstrates all the values that we hold dear in sports.”
In accepting the award, Moore recognized and thanked his parents.
“They’re one of the major driving factors that make me want to do better when I play the game,” he said. “They never complain whenever they’re driving me down to a tournament, or putting food on the table. They never complain about anything, so that makes me who I am.”