Many residents of Wilton drive through the Center at least a couple times a week, and pass what has now become a landmark in town, the large cylindrical net filled with soccer balls with a sign reading Kick for Nick. It stands in the front yard of Wilton’s American Legion Post 86, across from the gazebo on Old Ridgefield Road.
This story begins with a young man who grew up in Wilton and became passionate about the game of soccer; besides becoming a very good player, he also started coaching as an assistant in the Wilton Soccer Association in middle school! During his senior year in high school, Nick Madaras enlisted in the U.S. Army, and after graduation, began basic infantry training at Ft. Benning, Ga. After graduating airborne school there, Nick was assigned to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. In November 2005, this unit was sent to Iraq.