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Hundreds came to the Charleston Tennis Club Friday for the annual Willy Shuman Memorial Family Fun Night. They were honoring and remembering a friend, and raising awareness about a cause close to their hearts.

Willy Shuman was a standout player. He had been ranked 283rd in the nation in tennis and planned to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Shuman died just after graduating from George Washington high school in 2009. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt the night he was killed.

His mother started the Willy Foundation to raise awareness about seatbelt safety. Jane Shuman, Willy's mother and founder of The Willy Foundation said she is overwhelmed by the community's support. "I mean, what can I say? It's awesome," said Shuman. "W.A.S." was not only Willy Shuman's initials, but also stands for "Wear A Seat Belt." Shuman believes that the message about wearing a seat belt is beginning to resonate with teens. The foundation is now part of seat belt awareness campaigns at a number of schools across West Virginia.

The foundation has also funded the W.A.S. Trail on the campus of George Washington High School and is active in the Charleston community.

You can learn more about the effort at The Willy Foundation web site.