Sideshow’s Week in Geek: Bowling with the 501st Legion

As geeks, we believe in working hard and having fun, using our fandom to spread positivity and give back to the community.

Sideshow’s Week in Geek spotlights some of the cool and exciting ways we share our style as pop culture fans on and off the clock.  This week- the 501st Legion “Bowling with Buckets” charity event!

Sideshow staffer Challenger (who previously repped his 501st allegiance with his awesome battle vest) recently participated in a charity bowling event with the 501st Legion that involved hitting the lanes while in Stormtrooper helmets- making aiming a challenge!  Here’s what Challenger had to say about this exciting activity for a good cause.


What is the ‘Bowling with Buckets’ Event?

Bowling with Buckets was a 2nd annual bowling tournament, social, and charity event which raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event included members of the 501st and Rebel Legion throughout California and took place at the bowling alley in La Habra, California.

Each team had three rounds of bowling. The second game was the tournament round where each member was required to bowl with their helmets on. (Helmets=Buckets)

The event took up 22 of the 30 lanes and each lane and consisted of 5 members, each with a specific costume or character theme, including members of at least 3 different squads from the Southern California Garrison. Lanes 1 to 17 belonged to 501st Members and Lanes 18 to 22 belonged to Rebel Legion Members.


What helmet did you bring with you?

I took my Biker Scout helmet. My team was called Veterans of Endor and included two stormtroopers, a shock trooper, and an AT-AT pilot.


Did you hit any strikes?

Unfortunately, I did not hit too many strikes that evening.  At most I counted 1 strike with my helmet off and 1 strike with my helmet on.


What was your favorite part of the evening?

My favorite part of the evening was being able to meet other fellow Legion members, hang out, socialize, and bowl, all of which was for a good cause. We traded coins, patches and pins, raffled away prizes, and just had fun bowling in our Star Wars helmets.


Big thanks to Challenger for sharing his trooping experience with us!  Be sure to check out our last Week in Geek, where we prepped ourselves for New York Comic Con!

How have you Let Your Geek Sideshow this week?  Let us know in the comments.