06:29 PM on 11/29/10
Here is Bridge 9's press release about the involvement:
Press ReleaseLegendary drummer Travis Barker along with FSAS (Famous Stars and Straps) has teamed up with the 'One Life One Chance' (OLOC) organization headed by Toby Morse, the front man of the punk rock band H20. OLOC is an organization that promotes a Drug Free culture. Toby introduces today's youth to his friends who all live clean healthy Positive lifestyles to show kids that they too can be Drug Free and be cool too.
Morse travels to schools to inform elementary through high school students about cool alternatives to alcohol and drugs and having a positive mental attitude. "From the streets of NY to the stages worldwide and to the schools, the message is clear; just because people are covered in tattoos from head to toe, and play music for a living, does not mean they are druggies, or thugs. OLOC breaks all kinds of stereotypes” Morse states. In an industry famous for drug use, drug-related deaths and overall self-destructive behavior, Toby chose to never experiment with alcohol, tobacco or drugs and came to his friends for some help with his cause. Barker can relate, as he is a musician with a ton of tattoos and a target for labeling, it is because of that and Toby's passion that got Travis involved. Barker says "I love and support what Toby is doing for the youth. It's good that these kids can see that not every rock star is a drug addict and he [Morse'] is such a positive all-around role model for them. Most people that come and speak at a schools are immediately written off by the kids; but Toby looks like them and they can relate to him. I am getting involved to help any school Toby speaks at that is in need of instruments and / or a music program."
Through Barkers involvement some very lucky schools in NYC will be given entire drum kits. Barkers clothing brand Famous Stars and Straps is also involved. "Toby, a long time friend and Family member of Famous Stars and Straps, approached the company about his ongoing efforts to spread the message of living with a "positive mental attitude". Toby's passion is undeniable and sincere, and understanding that kids all across America may benefit from Toby's message, we wanted to provide any support we could. If it's providing promotional goods or helping him get to schools who can't afford to have a speaker, we understand that Toby's message of PMA (positive mental attitude) and way of life is something we all could use."