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93-year-old nun is college team’s chaplain and probably No. 1 fan

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt says her pre-game prayer for the Loyola men’s basketball team  for which she serves as the chaplain ealier this month in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt says her pre-game prayer for the Loyola men’s basketball team for which she serves as the chaplain ealier this month in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
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CHICAGO — It was minutes before game time and the Loyola Ramblers entered the tunnel, ready to rush onto the basketball court. But there was one last order of business. The team huddled with a 5-foot tall, 93-year-old nun wearing a Nike workout top, black skirt and maroon sneakers with gold laces. “Sister” was embroidered on the heel of one shoe. “Jean” on the other. The players bowed their heads. “As we face the Vikings ...


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