Since she went viral in 2018, a white-haired woman decked out in Rambler red and gold with an accompanying striped scarf appears on the social media timeline.
That woman is Sister Jean, a 102-year-old religious sister from Loyola Chicago. She initially gained national prominence during the Ramblers’ historic run during the 2018 NCAA tournament, making their first Final Four appearance since 1963, in which she attended each tournament contest.
The basketball superfan will reportedly continue her tradition of traveling with the team for their Friday morning matchup against the Ohio St. Buckeyes in Pittsburgh.
Sister Jean has accompanied the Ramblers to their past three NCAA Tournament births, witnessing school history once again after they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen following an upset win over top-seeded Illinois in last season’s tournament.
Loyola Chicago earned their second-straight automatic bid to the tournament with a 64-58 win over Drake in the Missouri Valley championship in the second week of March, in which Coach Drew Valentine dedicated the win to their longtime supporter.
Loyola Chicago will face off against Ohio State in the first round of the South region at 12:15 p.m. EST on Friday.