PFC Nicholas A. Madaras
United States Army
1st Battalion, 68th Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
OCT 21, 1986 – SEP 3, 2006 | Baqubah, Iraq
Hometown: Wilton, CT
Nick enlisted in the Army when he still had a semester left of high school. Throughout his youth, he was an avid soccer player, coach and referee. While deployed to Iraq, Nick noticed how talented the local children were at soccer, although they were forced to use anything they could find as a replacement for an actual soccer ball. He asked his family to send him a few soccer balls so he could distribute them. To honor Nick’s legacy, his family created the Kick for Nick Foundation which has already distributed nearly 50,000 soccer balls to 30 different countries.