Meet Sister Jean, the 98-Year-Old Nun Who’s the Loyola Ramblers Team Chaplain AND Biggest Fan (VIDEO)

Loyola Chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers kicked off the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a glorious upset on Thursday, defeating the Miami Hurricanes on a last-second buzzer-beater by Donte Ingram. And nobody was happier about it than their 98-year-old team chaplain and number one fan, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.

Sister Jean taught education at Chicago’s Mundelein College from 1961 to 1991, when the school officially merged with Loyola, a Jesuit university located in Rogers Park on Chicago’s north side. Sister Jean has always been a big sports fan and, as detailed in a recent piece by ESPNW, has fond memories of the Loyola Ramblers beating the Cincinnati Bearcats to win the 1963 National Championship. When she retired from teaching in 1994, the longtime Ramblers fan became the team’s official chaplain, and she has remained the team’s official chaplain ever since.

According to student newspaper the Loyola Phoenix, Sister Jean has become a campus celebrity over the past 25 years. This past year she was even inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sister Jean’s pre-game prayers are legendary. She doesn’t just thank God and ask for guidance. She works in scouting reports.

“She’s like another coach,” Donte Ingram recently told the Chicago Tribune. “The first game [as a freshman], it caught me off guard. I thought she was just going to pray. She prayed, but then she starts saying, ‘You’ve got to box out and watch out for 23.'”

After Loyola beat Drake back on February 7, Sister Jean sent Ingram an email.

“Donte, keep getting those rebounds,” she wrote. “That action helps to add more points to the game; keep making those threes as you did last night even though those Bulldogs were always on your back.”



On Thursday Loyola played its first NCAA Tournament game in 33 years, and Donte Ingram lived out his childhood dreams by nailing a three-pointer from NBA range to give his team a 64-62 victory.

After the game, Ingram and Sister Jean shared a celebratory hug 25 years in the making.



Then Sister Jean cemented her newfound celebrity status by giving her very own post-game interview.

And just in cast that wasn’t enough, later Sister Jean (and the Ramblers) got a shoutout from none other than Barack Obama.

Who would have ever thought a 98-year-old nun would become a college basketball star? You gotta love March Madness.

Hat Tip – [SB Nation]

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