Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Some of the good work done by our soldiers in Iraq

U.S. Soldiers hand out soccer balls to Iraqi Children. September 29, 2007.

From ESPN:

The Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter on ESPN will tell the story of how thousands of Iraqi children have benefited from the generosity of late Army Private Nick Madaras who was killed in Baqubah, Iraq on September 3, 2006, after a roadside bomb detonated near his dismounted patrol unit.

A passionate soccer player, three-year starter at Wilton (Conn.) High School, teenage referee and devoted youth coach, Madaras served in Iraq and would often see children playing soccer with old balls or even tin cans. He asked his parents to send used soccer balls so he could distribute them to the Iraqi children, but before they could fulfill his request, Madaras was killed in action. However, a Wilton resident read of Nick's request, approached the Madaras family with the idea of collecting soccer balls, putting Nick's name on them, and sending them to Iraq where U.S. soldiers would distribute them.

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