FT KNOX, KY - The Army Reserve Readiness Training Center Command Team show support for the University of Louisville Cardinals vs. Temple KICK FOR NICK fund raiser.
The Army Reserve Readiness Training Center is in partnership with the Men's
University of Louisville Soccer Team. On Saturday, 28 September 2013, the University of Louisville Soccer team held its Military Appreciation night. COL Ernest Parker, CPT Phillip Guidice, CSM Peter Brooks, 1SG Daniel Cordell and ARRTC family members, were in attendance to show their support. After the match, the U of L Cards presented the ARRTC Commander, COL Parker, with the game ball.
This particular event sponsors the Kick for Nick program, named for PFC Nicholas Madaras from Wilton, CT.
While home on leave from Iraq in July 2006, PFC Nicholas Madaras rounded up as many soccer balls as possible to bring back to the children near his post. Being a passionate soccer player, he wanted to give the balls to the children as a gesture of good will. Unfortunately, Nick was killed by an IED on September 3, 2006 and was never able to distribute the balls himself.
Kick for Nick's mission is to perpetuate Nick Madaras' dream of fostering goodwill and peace through the sport of soccer by collecting soccer balls and delivering them into the hands of less fortunate children around the world. Additional information can be viewed on the Kick for Nick website, http://www.kickfornick.org/.