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    This Friday, October 1, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Louisville Men's Soccer Team will host a free soccer clinic for children of all ages at the McDonald's practice field at S. Floyd and Warlock on the UofL campus, but the soccer team is asking for all who wish to participate to bring a soccer ball to donate to the Kick for Nick organization.

    Kick for Nick is a non-profit organization named for PFC Nick Madaras. During his deployment, he witnessed Iraqi children playing soccer with rock-stuffed socks and sticks for goals. When returning from leave in July 2006, he took soccer balls back to Iraq to give to the kids as a gift of good will. Sadly, he was killed by a roadside bomb before he could distribute the soccer balls to children.

    According to its website, Kick for Nick has donated a total of 31,745 soccer balls to date. In addition to collection at the soccer clinic, you can also donate on Saturday, October 2nd at the men's soccer game between Louisville and the Red Storm of St. John's. If you're unable to attend either, consider sending a ball to Nick's father, or make a tax-deductible donation for Kick for Nick to purchase balls, air pumps, packing materials, and to cover shipping charges.

    All soccer balls will be shipped to soldiers serving in Iraq where each will be personally delivered to children who love soccer.

    Help fulfill the dream of fallen soldier Nick Madaras, and give the gift of fitness and fun to the kids who touched his heart, the future of Iraq.

    For more information about the Kick for Nick organization, visit

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    Photo: Courtesy of Kick for Nick

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