Recent news about important happenings and upcoming events
KRISTINE LILLY TO PLAY IN THE 7TH ANNUAL NICK MADARAS MEMORIAL DAY CHALLENGE27 May 2013
ForeKicks and Kristine Lilly Host Soccer Ball Collection23 March 2013
Join Olympic Gold Medalist Kristine Lilly on Saturday March 23 at the ForeKicks Complex in Marlboro, MA for a soccer ball collection.
New Haven Register Features Kick for Nick and O'Toole's9 November 2012
Yet here they are, with their ....
2nd Annual Kick For Nick/Veterans Appreciation Night at O'Tooles Irish Pub in New Haven, CT9 November 2012
Harrison Raiders versus West Lafayette Red Devils13 September 2012
UL Cardinals Host 4th Annual KFN Game8 September 2012
University of Louisville, Cardinals, men's soccer team hosts their 4th annual -Kick for Nick- game against Army
Soccer Collection at Tolland Middle School25 August 2012
August 25th there will be a Kick For Nick ball collection during the Tolland Soccer Club's 7th Annual Play with Pride 3 vs 3 Tournament.
Tolland CT Soccer Ball Collection14 June 2012
The ball collection will take place on June 14, 15, 18 & 19 at Cross Farms Recreation Complex from 5:45-7PM.
Visit www.tollandsoccer.com for more information about this soccer ball collection.
Texas Tech University 3rd Annual ATO World Cup21 April 2012
The 3rd Annual ATO World Cup Soccer Tournament will be held at Texas Tech University on April 21, 2012.
The World Cup is presnted by the Zeta Eta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
YWCA art show to benefit women veterans16 April 2012
Written by Ken Borsuk, Staff Reporter, The Greenwich Post
The opening of a new exhibit at the YWCA offered not only a chance to celebrate a local female artist, but also provided the opportunity to salute women veterans who have served our country and now need our help.
Building Bridges Through Soccer3 February 2012
Student Gathers Soccer Balls To Remember Hero3 February 2012
O’Toole’s, New Haven hosts fallen soldier fundraiser10 November 2011
The Struggle for Veterans’ Rights8 November 2011
War Zone/Comfort Zone to Premiere on CPTV on Tuesday, November 8 at 9 p.m
Documentary Featuring Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes to air on CPTV8 November 2011
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for PFC Nicholas Madaras Home for Female Veterans21 October 2011
Middle Schoolers Collect Soccer Equipment For Afghanistan And Iraq2 June 2011
Seventh-grade students at Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Farmington have been working on a service project in conjunction with Memorial Day and their study of the Middle East. Students are collecting soccer balls for an organization called Kick For Nick. Nick Madaras was a soldier from Wilton who was killed while on active duty in Iraq.
Hundreds of college students "Kick for Nick"9 April 2011
Many don't consider a soccer ball to be a luxury, but for some children in third world countries, it's unfathomable.
Sing, Dine and Kick for Nick18 February 2011
NYA Hosts KFN Ball Collection at Family Day19 December 2010
Visit NYA in Newtown, CT to take part in a fun family day with visits from Santa, Food, Caroling, Holiday Crafts and Face Painting. Bring a new or used soccer ball to donate to Kick For Nick.
KFN on the Marty Heiser Show in Danbury CT12 November 2010
Shalini Madaras spoke with Marty Heiser about the Kick for Nick program and the Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes Project during his cable show on November 11, 2010
KFN Offshoot for Female Soldiers' Housing Gets Support12 October 2010
University of Louisville Soccer Team Holds Clinic1 October 2010
Louisville.com Reports On KFN & Univ of Louisville29 September 2010
University of Louisville Soccer Game v St. John to benefit Kick For Nick17 September 2010
On Saturday, October 2 , the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Red Storm of St. John's in a game that will honor our military and also serve as a collection for Kick For Nick soccer balls.
Chick-Fil-A Supports Kick For Nick25 August 2010
At the Windward Parkway, Alpharetta GA location, Chick-fil-A is offering a free spicy chicken sandwich with each donation of a regulation soccer ball. The promotion began August 2 and extends through October 30th.
Wilton Nutmeg Tournament Sponsors Ball Collection12 June 2010
The Wilton Soccer Association will be hosting the 29th Annual Nutmeg Invitational Soccer Tournament on June 12 - 13, 2010. Participants and fans are encouraged to bring new or gently-used soccer balls to the collection point at the tournament headquarters.
12-year-old honors soldier killed in Iraq31 May 2010
ABC-TV & Military Channel to Include Nick Madaras in Profile31 May 2010
On Memorial Day, Monday May 31, 2010 at approximately 1:00PM ET, ABC-TV will air three 1-minute profiles on Fallen Heroes. Nick will be one of the featured soldiers. The segment will air just prior to the start of the Indy 500.
In addition, the Military Channel in conjunction with the American Legion, has also created profiles of American Heroes. As one of ten videos developed so far, the 1-minute segment about PFC Nicholas Madaras will appear on the Miliary Channel. The segments will be randomly shown 2-3x per day for the next year.
Click here to see the video: http://legion.org/legiontv?v=Nick_Madaras_3298.flv
Tippco Extreme Soccerfest Ball Collection25 May 2010
The Tippco 2010 Extreme Soccerfest will be taking place on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6 in Lafayette IN. Participants and fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used soccer ball for the Kick For Nick soccer ball collection.
Commendation Letter & Certificate from the 1479th Civil Affairs Company3 April 2010
Bill and Shalini Madaras Honored with Nomination for Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen's Award22 March 2010
White Clay Soccer Club Collects Soccer Balls19 March 2010
The White Clay Soccer Club of Franklin, PA collected soccer balls for Kick for Nick...
Soccer Tournament15 March 2010
General Petraeus Meets Bill & Shalini Madaras10 March 2010
Sanctuary Planned for Homeless Women Veterans6 March 2010
In addition to Kick for Nick, Shalini Madaras has also founded "Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes". This project's goal is to build transitional housing for homeless female veterans. Recently the Connecticut Post ran an article on this effort
Another Field Goal for Kick For Nick2 February 2010
Wilton High School Peervention joined with American Legion Post 86 in collecting soccer balls for Kick For Nick.
Kick For Nick Included in Book2 February 2010
Kick For Nick has been included in the book "101 Ways to Help the Cause in Afghanistan" by Jim Hake, Founder of Spirt of America.
Brooklyn Collects Balls for Kick For Nick1 February 2010
US/NYS Hockey Supports Kick For Nick30 January 2010
US/NYS Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign sells customized patch. Proceeds donated to Kick For Nick...
Belfast Celtic in East Baghdad20 January 2010
...from the blog "Larry Kirwan of Black 47"
Beta Beta Co-Hosts Philanthropy with Louisville Soccer Team15 January 2010
Newtown, CT Santa & Soccer19 December 2009
The D'Amico family sponsors Santa and Soccer at the Newtown Youth Academy...
Ball Collection in Newtown19 December 2009
As part of the Santa and Soccer event there will be a Kick For Nick soccer ball drive. For further information, click the Read More link below.
Bank of America Bestows Award14 December 2009
Times Staff Writer
East Syracuse, NY Holds Ball Collection5 December 2009
EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Saturday morning at Sportscenter 481 in East Syracuse, and that means tons of kids playing soccer. And there's also an effort being made to give other children the opportunity to get in the game. Two groups Kick for Nick and Tillie's Touch are collecting sports equipment to give to those in need.
Local Students Support Kick For Nick with Ball Collection9 November 2009
Soccer Ball Collection8 November 2009
California Student Collects Balls for Kick For Nick22 October 2009
Micah Stein of Santa Monica, CA will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah on March 13. He has committed to collecting soccer balls for Kick For Nick for his mitzvah project.
Louisville v Indiana in Support of Kick For Nick21 October 2009
Certificate from the 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment15 October 2009
Danbury HS Helps Kick For Nick15 October 2009
from The Wilton Bulletin, October 1, 2009
Danbury HS Soccer Ball Collection12 October 2009
The Peer Leadership Group & DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) have asked....
Indiana & Louisville Compete for Kick For Nick7 October 2009
The athletic departments of the University of Indiana & the University of Louisville kick-off their soccer ball collections on October 7 culminating.2 weeks later when they face each other on the pitch October 21 in Louisville for the "Battle of the Border" game.
Inspired by fallen soldier, Glenview man collects jerseys for kids overseas29 September 2009
Certificate of Appreciation28 September 2009
Many Photos from Iraq24 September 2009
Sgt. Jordan Sawyer has written eloquently about his experiences in Iraq including the distribution of soccer balls from Kick For Nick. In addition he has taken many wonderful photos of our soldiers and the children of Iraq who have received the balls.
KZFR of Chico, CA Runs Soccer Ball Collection30 August 2009
The radio station KZFR (90.1 FM) will be running a soccer ball collection at every home game of both the Men's and Women's Wildcat soccer games at Chico State College from August 20 throught October 25. www.kzfr.org
SoConn Women's Soccer Kicks Off Season with Kick For Nick26 August 2009
The first home game on August 27 of the Southern Connecticut Owls will feature a Kick For Nick soccer ball collection...
KFN Receives Certificate of Appreciation from 315th Tactical Psychological Operations Company25 August 2009
Wilton HS Senior Runs on Behalf of Kick For Nick16 August 2009
Running once again in the NYC Half Marathon, John Hoag, WHS Senior, dedicates his efforts on behalf of Kick For Nick
Soldier That Helped Kick For Nick Continues Voluntary Efforts1 August 2009
Erica Chabalko was one of the first soldiers to help out with Kick for Nick by distributing soccer balls in Iraq. Now that she is stateside she continues her voluntary efforts with participation in a triathalon to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. For more information, click on the Read More button below.
2009 Edward R. Murrow National Winners30 June 2009
The ESPN video about Kick For Nick wins prestigious industry award...
Kick for Nick: Soccer balls help U.S. military connect with kids in the Middle East30 June 2009
By JACINDA HOWARD
Federal Way Mirror Reporter
The 770 KTTH Sounders FC Military Appreciation Match28 June 2009
GERGEN & VANOUREK: Era of soccer diplomacy?17 June 2009
from The Washington Times, By Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek |
Wilton Bulletin Editorial14 May 2009
Editorial: A Growing Legacy
Legacy of PFC. Nick Madaras spreads in Iraq14 May 2009
Written by Joan Lownds
Certificate of Appreciation from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team15 April 2009
ESPN Video Wins Award10 April 2009
The ESPN video about Nick won a 2009 Finalist Award at the recent NY Festivals for International TV Broadcasting.
American Red Cross Honors Nick Madaras26 March 2009
|The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross recently honored PFC Nicholas Madaras at their Annual Heroes Banquet.|
Certificate of Appreciation from the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade18 March 2009
Certificate of Achievement for the 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment18 March 2009
Commemorative Certificate of Flag Flown Over Iraq in Honor of the Madaras Family & Kick For Nick18 March 2009
Flag Certificate from the Golden Dragons17 March 2009
Flag Certificate from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery17 March 2009
Certificate of Appreciation from the "On Time Battalion"17 March 2009
Bob Emig Foundation Night to Feature Ball Collection7 February 2009
Flags Flown In Iraq to Honor Kick For Nick19 January 2009
Various regiments in Iraq have flown flags in honor of the efforts by the Kick for Nick Foundation. With these special flags the soldiers recognize the efforts of the foundation to help them improve relations with the Iraqi people through the distribution of free soccer balls.
Arrowhead Boys Soccer Collects Over 400 Balls to Send to Iraq16 November 2008
Over 400 balls were gratefully received by American soldiers in Iraq for them to distribute to the children. See postcard below for a personal message from one of the officers. You may also visit the....
American Motivational Awards1 November 2008
Local athletes Kick for Nick, Plymouth MA27 September 2008
By Ryan Wood - Sat Sep 27, 2008,
Local students collect balls for Kick For Nick, read about it HERE.
Iraqi Children Play Soccer; Remember Hero10 September 2008
By Cpl. Chris T. Mann
Regimental Combat Team 1
FALLUJAH, Iraq – The name of a fallen military member catches the eye of an Iraqi child as he holds a soccer ball just handed to him by a team of coalition forces. This name, written across the glossy finish and bright gleam of the soccer ball, tells the story of a young service member who strived to bring a sense of happiness to the lives of others. (Click here to read remainder of story http://www.dvidshub.net/index.php?script=news/news_show.php&id=23445)
Murph's Turf, Wilton Bulletin31 January 2008
Madaras's Wish Touches Nerve Across The Country
Journalists are taught to be wary and skeptical for both their own good and that of their readers. Sometimes, though, that shield is useless, pierced by an odd and powerful phenomenon against which the most cynical impulse is impotent. People wanting to help, without expecting anything in return...