Lead singer for the hit band, Gym Class Hero’s, Travis McCoy is using his bands successful career platform to raise HIV Awareness to the young population around the globe.
MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, which aids young people helping others prevent or live with AIDS and HIV. McCoy is this year’s “special ambassador” for the foundation, its attention-getting celebrity face. His whirlwind tour of these Third World outposts in the global battle against HIV/AIDS.
“Kids look up to my band, and if I can get them to buy a video game or particular brand of Nikes, then I hope I can get them to buy a box of condoms.” says McCoy.
He also was overcome by the contrast between the life he and other pop artists and their American audience take for granted, and that of the baby sleeping in a hammock under that Manila bridge, or the South African boys playing soccer with a ball made of plastic bags. “In rock music and hip-hop, people are always exploiting the fact that I got it so bad, my childhood was so bad,” McCoy says. “We’re a generation of complainers. I wish there was a way to take the younger generation and walk them under that bridge.”
Well said Travis, well said… we need more of you to reach the youth who think they’re invincible.