Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt became a March Madness star in 2018 during Loyola-Chicago's Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament, when the Ramblers reached the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.
She was with the team in four huge tournament upsets — knocking off Miami in the first round, Tennessee in the second round, Nevada in the Sweet 16 and Kansas State in the Elite Eight before falling to Michigan.
Sister Jean, 100, made another March appearance Thursday, this time in a PSA video released by the school. She said she is staying home and urged others to do the same in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
"What we've been asked to do by government officials, church officials, presidents, superintendents, directors and others in authority is not an easy thing to do," she said. "But we must do it. We must not only do it. But we have to do it as a team in order to aid our global arena to find all about this deadly virus.
"This pandemic we are currently experiencing is a unique situation in our lives. It is our responsibility to cooperate with those who have data and information on what causes such a virus to be so devastating."
#SisterJean calls for us to remain as a TEAM. As Loyolans, we are #CalledAsOne#GoRamblers #MarchMadnesspic.twitter.com/9WSh67mrjX
Sister Jean, who retired from full-time work in 1994, has been a pillar of the Loyola-Chicago athletic community for decades, with roles ranging from academic adviser to chaplain of the men’s basketball team. Before every game, she would pray with the team.
With the NCAA tournament being cancelled two weeks ago, Sister Jean called this the "strangest March Madness I've ever experienced.
"As the days go by, let us continue our team spirit, bring happiness and joy to others. Be safe and Go Ramblers."
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