On September 6, 2014 at 0830 members of the 501st Legion, MidSouth Garrison and Rebel Legion Corellian Base teamed up for Autism Speaks at Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee. This is a walk for Autism awareness that the MSG has participated in for many years. The kids look forward to seeing the star wars characters at every year. The weather was perfect for troops to engage in photo ops with children and their families. There were educational tents throughout the park that with games and other fun things for children. Popcorn and cotton candy were both a huge hit but the biggest hit was Star Wars! It was very special seeing the smiling faces of kids and families. After the walk kicked off, troops lined up at the end to greet walkers with high fives and encouragement as they finished. The troop ended with Erik taking photos in front of the Parthenon. Several troops went to Logan’s for lunch afterwards. It was a wonderful day.
On Saturday, August 23rd the MSG-RRG’s Joint Ops and Arkansas Crimson Nova Squad welcomed fans for the Redbird’s Superhero & Comic Night. We had meet and greet with photo ops until 15minutes before the game started. There were a few first pitches made by numerous character, one being Darth Vader. He was escorted out by a Stormtrooper and Imperial Officer. Shortly after, we also escorted the umpires onto the field. Once the game was underway, we free-floated through the stadium for fan photo ops. Middle of the 3rd inning, we all went down to the field where we randomly selected a few participants to play musical chairs with the Redbirds mascot, while the remaining part of our group danced to the cha-cha slide in the background. We then took a short break and took this opportunity for group photos. After the break, we finished floating around the 2nd level (air conditioned) until about the 7th inning, at which point we got out of costume to wait for the post-game fireworks show. Overall, it turned out to be a great event! This event was on thin ice for our participation. We were having trouble getting in without being charged, as in years passed we were never charged. Took me making numerous phone calls and emails until I reached the right person. I am staying in close contact with them, because they began through around the idea of a Star Wars themed night. So that will hopefully be seen next year.