This Army soldier's story certainly fits right in with our inspirational military and veterans stories. U.S. Army soldier Nick Madaras was killed in action in Iraq, but his memory lives on in all of the children around the globe who have been touched by the simple act of receiving a soccer ball.
Nick Madaras grew up playing soccer, and that love for the game sparked an idea which has grown into a movement. While serving in Iraq, Nick noticed that many of the children were playing the game he loved with cans and anything else they could use - anything but soccer balls.
Seeing their lack of basic equipment, gave Nick the idea to round up as many balls as he could while at home and deliver those soccer balls to the children of Iraq when he returned.
And according to BuiltUSA's story on Nick, that initial mission was never completed.
"Unfortunately, Nick was killed by an IED before he was ever able to see his mission to deliver soccer balls to needy children in Iraq completed. His parents decided to fulfill his gesture of good will and have now taken it one step further delivering more than 45,000 soccer balls globally."
To learn more about Nick Madaras and how you can contribute to his cause, visit the Kick for Nick website.
Below are two videos sharing Nick's story and how something as simple as the gift of a soccer ball has changed children's lives. The first is a video from BuiltUSA's blog post. The second comes from an ESPN Memorial Day tribute featuring Nick's inspirational story.
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