Rock band X Ambassadors and nonprofit No Barriers have announced a partnership that will generate scholarship funds for programs that empower people to break through barriers and find their inner renegade.
The two groups are bringing the message that “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way” to a new level. The digital media campaign for the Renegade Fund, which draws its name from the X Ambassadors platinum-selling No. 1 Alternative radio hit, “Renegades,” features a new video with the band and a few special guests.
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Two-time ESPY award-winning adventurer Kyle Maynard, who appears in the X Ambassadors’ music video for the song “Renegades,” teams up with the band and other No Barriers mission ambassadors Mandy Harvey, a renowned deaf jazz vocalist, and Erik Weihenmayer to give voice to the Renegade Fund. Weihenmayer, a world-famous blind adventurer best known for summiting Mt. Everest and kayaking the Grand Canyon, is also the co-founder of No Barriers.
Keyboardist Carey Harris, who is blind, says, “We are proud to support the No Barriers Renegade Fund to help awaken the renegade inside of people of all abilities.” Drummer Adam Levin adds, “A big theme of our music is the idea of never giving up. It was a natural fit to launch a scholarship fund to provide experiences that remind people that what’s within them is stronger than what’s in their way.”
The fund will underwrite the costs of No Barriers’ domestic and international experiences for people of all abilities. Executive Director and co-founder of No Barriers David Shurna says, “This fund will help us offer life-changing experiences that challenge people--from underprivileged high school youth to veterans with disabilities--to believe anything is possible.”
For more information on the scholarship fund, visit nobarriersusa.org/renegade.