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NCAA Tourney icon Sister Jean celebrates 100th birthday

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, famously known for her inspiring presence during the remarkable run by Loyola Chicago’s men’s basketball team in the 2018 NCAA Tourney, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Wednesday.

The new member of the centenarian club, who officially serves in the capacity of team chaplain for the Ramblers, is receiving tributes and best wishes from myriad media outlets and the world of college basketball in honor of her 100th birthday.

Loyola Chicago head coach Porter Moser also tweeted out a tribute to Sister Jean in honor of her milestone birthday.

Sister Jean was recently honored ahead of her 100th birthday with a LEGO sculpture in her likeness, which will ultimately be on display at the Ramblers’ home basketball court for the upcoming season.

The university also is in the process of raising funds for a $100,000 athletics endowment in her honor.

Such a remarkable outpouring of admiration and respect certainly is a testament to the indelible mark Sister Jean left on college basketball during Loyola Chicago’s improbable Final Four appearance a few years back.