March Madness is an unofficial holiday in America. For one week, we are all basketball fans, filling out brackets and rooting for upsets. This year is no different. Surprise wins have been the norm this year and while it means that everyone’s bracket is busted, it has given us one hero we can all be proud of: Sister Jean Delores-Schmidt.
Sister Jean, a spry 98-year-old nun, is the chaplain for the No. 11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and their biggest fan. With her support, the Ramblers beat the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes and No. 3 Tenessee Volunteers. As a result, she has become the most popular person at the NCAA Tournament.
At 98 years old, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt remains @RamblersMBB's biggest fan. Serving as Loyola-Chicago's team chaplain, she inspires the team every day with her passion for people and basketball. pic.twitter.com/PdUWsJRLxC
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 14, 2018
Sister Jean who unwaveringly supports her players with prayer and insight. She attends every school event she can, makes herself available at all time to her athletes and even writes scouting reports on opposing teams, drawing on her own time on the court playing for her high school in the 1930’s.
When a reporter asked how she felt about her national fame, she replied, “Really, if I may correct you, international.”
That is a legendary response.
Sister Jean knew the Ramblers would make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but has her team losing before reaching the quarterfinals. She hopes she is wrong.