Big names come to Greenbrier to raise money for substance abuse prevention among W.Va. youth.

WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The first two-day annual Game Changer Golf Classic and Prevention Education event will take place this week, and it will bring together big name celebrities.

The West Virginia Game Changer initiative, endorsed by Governor Jim Justice, is a public-private organization designed to educate, support and empower our youth. The program aims to help children fight drug addiction and behavioral problems.

“There are a lot of people out there who really want to invest in the children of West Virginia so we partner with (Game Changer) and are honored to be in the state of West Virginia,” said Joseph Lee, new CEO of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Game Changer Golf Classic will take place at the Greenbrier Resort. The goal of the two-day event is to help raise funds to deliver prevention programs in schools in West Virginia.

“The event for the next few days is just the part where we meet with stakeholders (and) make sure there is fundraising and alignment of mission and values,” said Lee.

Stakeholders include Jimbo Fisher, a native of Clarksburg and head football coach of Texas A&M, and Nick Seban, football coach of Alabama.

Lee said it’s possible to spot early addiction patterns in children as young as 10, so they hope to create a better future for the state by starting with the young.

“There’s a lot of science out there, just like there are risk factors for the development of heart disease and diabetes,” Lee told the WSAZ. “There are psychological and behavioral (signs) in at-risk youth.”

Lee said they don’t talk about the danger of drugs to children during these programs. Rather, they focus on building resilience and building strong skills.

“One of our prevention products (is) called ‘Build Assets and Reduce Risk’ (which aims) to develop positive skills in young people so that they are more resilient in fending off various issues that they might be. at risk. young age, ”he says.

Other celebrities are also expected to attend the event.

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