Technical Sgt. Jessica Wolter —of Civil Affairs Soldiers at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa — reports in this video on how Kick for Nick is helping the U.S. in its mission of building and maintaining relationships throughout the region.
Kick for Nick, based in Wilton, is the legacy of Pfc. Nick Madaras, a Wilton High School graduate who loved the game of soccer. While at school he played on the school’s varsity team, but he also refereed youth soccer games and coached a youth soccer team.
Nick joined the marines and was sent to Iraq. While home on leave in July 2006, he collected as many soccer balls as he could and brought them back for the children in the area he was serving. That September he was killed in an IED explosion.
Nick’s parents, Bill and Shalini Madaras, continue his dream of sending soccer balls to children not only in Iraq, but around the world. Soccer balls are collected continuously at the American Legion Post 86 headquarters on Old Ridgefield Road.