Governor Jim Justice will participate in the Game Changer virtual Opioid Awareness and Substance Misuse Summit, which will air live from five locations across the country, including West Virginia, on Monday, September 21, 2020.

West Virginia Game Changer Coordinator Joe Boczek and WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan, two of the program’s driving forces, recently appeared with West Virginia Governor and high school basketball coach Jim Justice to announce his new role as head coach of the Game Changer program in West Virginia.

West Virginia Game Changers is an initiative designed to educate, support, and empower our youth to make healthy choices as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders. West Virginia youth and their peers will help influence positive community development. The program’s goal is to encourage West Virginia’s youth to lead by example through healthy lifestyles, improve the future, and make a difference in West Virginia.

“As I’ve said many times, our kids in West Virginia are our greatest treasure. Our goal should always be to empower children to make healthy choices and become leaders in their communities. That’s exactly what the Game Changer virtual summit is going to do,” said Governor Jim Justice.

The summit, which will feature live on-location performances from across the country by several nationally known trauma-informed speakers and one of the country’s most engaging youth and teen emcees, will be available to all of West Virginia’s 157,000 middle and high school students.

Governor Justice will appear at the Game Changer’s virtual summit on opioids and substance use disorder on Monday, September 21, 2020, and the summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The virtual summit will be accessible online at