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Girl meets D.C. soccer player
Spotsylvania girl injured in boating accident gets to spend time with member of D.C. United soccer team

 Alecko Eskandarian (left) and Kristin Mills pose for a photo at a D.C. United game Sept. 9.
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Date published: 9/19/2006

Alecko Eskandarian had a tough 2005 season. The striker for the D.C. United soccer team suffered a concussion after colliding with an opposing goalkeeper and missed much of the season.

Kristin Mills, a seventh-grader at Ni River Middle School in Spotsylvania County, can relate. Kristin suffered a serious head injury after hitting a dock on Lake Anna while water-tubing this past Memorial Day.

She spent a week at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and more than a month at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center before being allowed to return to her Spotsylvania home.

Kristin, whose favorite sport is soccer, must wear a helmet when exposed to physical activity, her mother said. Eskandarian still wears a helmet when playing.

So it was a thrill for Kristin to meet Eskandarian at a D.C. United game Sept. 9 in Washington.

Kelly Mills, the girl's mother, said she contacted Eskandarian's representatives after learning about his concussion. Her family got tickets to the game and had the opportunity to meet Eskandarian and other members of the team.

Eskandarian gave Kristin a signed D.C. United shirt. They posed for pictures and exchanged e-mail addresses.

"She has her a new best friend," Kelly Mills said.

Unable to play soccer this fall, Kristin is one of the managers on the Ni River team, her mother said. She's working hard in school and continuing to rehab from her injuries.

"I see the healing happening every day," Kelly Mills said.

A benefit golf tournament will be held Oct. 9 at the Fawn Lake Country Club to help Kristin's family with medical and tutoring expenses, her mother said.

It'll be a captain's choice format with a shotgun start teeing off at 9 a.m. People can sign up with a team of four people. It's $100 per person for Fawn Lake members, and $125 per person for nonmembers. The entry fee includes golf, a cart and a buffet lunch. Donations are also accepted, and a hole can be sponsored for $100.

Entry forms and checks must be received by Oct. 2. Checks can be made out to the "Kristin Mills Recovery Foundation" and mailed to 13101 Beckman Court; Fredericksburg, Va. 22408-0247. For more information call Tammy Brown at 540/898-8183.

To reach BILL FREEHLING: 540/374-5424
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com