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Society of Light-saber Duelists: Jedi turned mental health advocates

Posted at 2:12 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 17:57:14-04

For those that missed their chance to begin their Jedi training as a youngling, UNLV has a great alternative.

The Society of Light-saber Duelists is a group of students that choreograph their own Star Wars-inspired battles and create their own costumes. Since their inception, they've performed over 100 times.

"Most of our members come in new. They have no experience whatsoever," said Ryan Wilgeroth, a member of SoLD. "But by the time they're done with training, they're seasoned professionals."

The group utilizes their martial arts training and take cues from Star Wars movies and cartoons to create their own shows. This year they've also turned to mental health advocacy after the passing of Carrie Fisher, known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars Universe. Fisher herself was known for her contributions to support those with mental health issues.

"We needed to do something to recognize the passing of our princess," said Erika Reynolds, who helped organize the Carrie Fisher Memorial and Mental Awareness Fair at UNLV.

The fair, which takes place at UNLV's Pida Plaza on May 5, provides mental health resources to those in need. Students can visit anytime from 2-8 p.m.

Video footage courtesy of the Society of Light-saber Duelists UNLV.