Andrew Kilgore

Andrew Kilgore

Andrew Kilgore, 17, a Saks High School athlete who played on the baseball, football and wrestling teams was injured in an automobile accident April 19 on Alabama 144.

“He had a skull fracture and his nasal cavity was completely crushed. He was airlifted to UAB,” said one of the Kilgores’ neighbors, Sonya Burr, on Friday. “It was just awful.” According to Burr, Andrew has had four surgeries so far.

Jennifer Kilgore, Andrew’s mother, said he will be having another surgery on Monday.

“He’s been pretty optimistic. I’ve been surprised,” she said Friday.

According to Jennifer, Andrew will be nonweight bearing for three months and then “he’ll have to learn to walk again.”

“They say he has a long road ahead,” said Burr. But the community is standing behind the family.

Jim Lewis, one of Kilgore’s coaches, decided the best way to help the family is to host a baseball tournament that benefits the family.

Organizers have raised about $3,000 so far, Lewis said. The tournament will end Saturday at Woodland Park in Anniston. Proceeds from the entrance fees, concessions, T-shirt sales and bracelet sales will go to the family.

The entrance fee is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

Forty-five teams from all over the county will participate in the tournament.

“White Plains moved their games around to play at the tournament,” Lewis said.

A Georgia team also made its way to play.

Adam Mims, coach of the Tallapoosa Rebels, decided to bring his 7- and 8-year olds team from Georgia  for the fun and the cause.

“I thought we could do something that’s fun for kids that’s also good for the community and good for the family,” he said by telephone Friday.

Jennifer said while Andrew wants to get home and the family hopes he will be able to continue to play sports, “we aren’t sure about it yet.”