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Published on June 3rd, 2011 | by Staples Soccer


Sean Gallagher Helps “Kick For Nick”

Three days a week, TV Production classes produce and air “Good Morning Staples.”  The 15-minute show is informative, lively, and always well done.

But few broadcasts compare to this week’s.

Every year the show pays tribute to Memorial Day.  This time it focused on PFC Nick Madaras.  A former Wilton High School soccer player, he was killed in Iraq.  To honor his memory — and complete a project he’d begun — his parents, friends and total strangers collect soccer balls for shipment to Iraq and Afghanistan.  American service members then give them to grateful children.

So far, over 30,000 “Kick For Nick” soccer balls have been distributed.  The Wreckers held a special drive in 2008.

Nick’s parents were interviewed in the Staples Media Lab.  They were joined by vice principal Richard Franzis — an Iraq veteran — and English teacher/former US Army Ranger Dan Geraghty, plus Wrecker captain Sean Gallagher (who heads next month to the US Naval Academy).

The result was sobering, eye-opening — even awe-inspiring.

The need for soccer balls in Iraq and Afghanistan continues.  If you’re interested in donating to the “Kick for Nick” cause, you can drop soccer balls off in the Staples Media Lab, or email

To view the “Good Morning Staples” show, click below.


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