Parents Fulfill Soldier's Dream To Honor His Memory

Happy Memorial Day! Today, and every day, we remember Nick Madaras. Nick was your average teen; he loved his family, friends and soccer. After high school, Nick enlisted in the army. He came home for short stay to see his family; sharing with them the stories of his experiences and the children he grew to love. He had plans to bring his love of soccer to those children. But only a month after returning to war, Nick was killed in battle.

It was then his parents decided to spread Nick's spirit and love for soccer through the Kick for Nick program, a non-profit organization that distributes soccer balls across the country and the world. Since 2006, Kick for Nick has distributed more than 45,000 soccer balls globally. Nick's passion for soccer also lives on through the Nick Madaras Scholarship Award, given to a Wilton High School soccer player who exemplifies the commitment, dedication and sportsmanship Nick possessed while playing. Other memorials include the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras home in Bridgeport, CT, and Nick Madaras Field in Wilton.

Thank you Nick and all fallen soldiers who fought for our freedom!

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