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Alabama head football Coach Saban among hosts at Greenbrier golf event

Geared toward helping youngsters fight opioid abuse
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 10:00 PM EDT
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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, who’s won seven national titles, and his wife Terry are back in West Virginia, serving as hosts at the West Virginia Game Changer Golf Classic at the Greenbrier.

Game Changer is a group designed to help young people avoid falling victim to the opioid epidemic.

Prominent figures in West Virginia collegiate athletics are taking part in the golf tournament.

The Sabans, who are both West Virginia natives, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., talked Wednesday evening about the importance of the program during a news conference at the Greenbrier.

“If anybody has been around people that have addiction problems, you see they completely lose that sense of purpose, because the drug becomes the purpose, and that’s very sad,” Coach Saban said. “To do anything to help people overcome that, and especially to attack it with young people at a young age so that you avoid the problem from ever occurring, I think is a great idea and a great cause.”

“When you have people that will step up and make a difference in your life and give you hope and change things, that’s a change children need, and the Game Changer is that change you’re looking for,” Manchin said.

The golf tournament begins Thursday. A luncheon will feature specialists talking about the group’s plan to address opioid misuse.

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