She is all over the secular national news — Sister Jean, that 98-year-old nun, just a few years ago unemployed and broke, who was adopted by Jesuit Loyola of Chicago University as chaplain and through her prayers — even as acknowledged by sports broadcasters — has propelled “Cinderella” Loyola, never thought to have a chance in the NCAA Tournament, not even in the first round, to the vaunted “Final Four” as they vie for a national championship. There is even a bobblehead of her.
Let’s go to the headlines:
Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean Gets Her Own Bobblehead, Sports Illustrated
Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean gets her piece of the net, In Depth NBCSports.com
ATLANTA — The symbol and spirit of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers had been wheeled onto the court for the most improbable of victory parties. Yet for a brief moment, nobody seemed to notice. Despite achieving transcendent celebrity status this March, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt had a brief moment to herself as jubilation rippled around her in Phillips Arena.
Sitting in her wheelchair, the 98-year-old nun tapped her right orthopedic shoe on the hardwood, in perfect rhythm, as the sound system blasted a song that was released when she was 60 — Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration.” On her shoulders was a Loyola letter jacket. On her left wrist was a maroon-and-gold balloon corsage. On her gray head was a Final Four hat, and in her lap was a Final Four shirt.
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