March 26, 2018

Positivity: Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Atlanta:

Mar 25, 2018, 12:09 AM (Updated Sunday evening)

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.

The Loyola team chaplain peered through her glasses at a well-wisher and flashed a thumbs up. Her smile was beatific. Her countenance divine.

Asked by Yahoo Sports if she ever expected to see her beloved Ramblers bound for the Final Four, the belle of this NCAA tournament ball smiled anew.

“No, no,” she said. “This is great.” …

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