By Shilpa Darivemula
He lost his life at the young age of nineteen. A soldier, a son, and a beloved member of the middle class New York City suburb of Wilton, CT. Private First Class Nicholas Madaras was on foot patrol with his 4th Infantry Division unit during a combat operation in Baqouba, Iraq when, according to the Department of Defense, a roadside bomb exploded, fatally wounding the young man on Sept. 3, 2006.
The town now has a field dedicated to the memory and principles of Nicholas Madaras, where children both in America and in Iraq remember his name.
Gordon Brown ‘12, a member of the ROTC, mentions Madaras as his inspiration for joining the program today.
“I didn’t know him personally but I was friends with his sister,” said Brown. “It’s nice to see that when I drive past our local grocery store, there’s this big bin that says ‘Kicks for Nick’ so that people can drop their donations in.”
Madaras clearly lives on in two separate worlds united by a single love for a game.
ESPN did a mini-documentary on this program and Madaras’ legacy. The video ends asking for donations. Here we do the same. Donate soccer balls with PFC Nick Madaras’ name written on them to the Kick for Nick Program and keep his memory alive.