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Sister Jean Schmidt, Loyola Men's Basketball Team's Chaplain, Is A 94-Year-Old 'Rock Star'

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They just don't make many like Sister Jean Schmidt, the 94-year-old chaplain of Loyola University Chicago's varsity men's basketball team.

Sister Jean is the team's most devoted fan and is something of a celebrity on the Loyola campus and has been chaplain for the team since 1996.

According to a recent profile as part of WGN's "Chicago's Very Own" series (embedded above), Schmidt offers much more than spiritual guidance for the team. She also scouts out the team's rivals and offers them input on which players to watch out for in a huddle prior to each game.

Prior to becoming the Ramblers' official chaplain, the San Francisco-born nun was a fan and a teacher at Loyola's neighboring sister school, Mundelein College, dating back to 1961, the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this year. Mundelein affiliated with Loyola in 1991.

To what does she attribute her longevity, WGN asked her?

"Well, I say I eat well, I sleep well and hopefully I pray well and I do those things every day."

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