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Final Four fame: Loyola OKs 'Sister Jean' T-shirts, bobbleheads

Final Four fame: Loyola OKs 'Sister Jean' T-shirts, bobbleheads

As the Loyola Ramblers prepare for Saturday's Final Four game against Michigan, makers of fan apparel are scrambling to release merchandise featuring the breakout star of the men’s basketball team’s Cinderella run: Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.

Interest in licensing the 98-year-old team chaplain’s name and image picked up once the Ramblers made it to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four, Tom Sorboro of the Loyola University Chicago athletic department said in an emailed statement.

Fanatics, a licensed professional and college sports apparel-maker, sells T-shirts with Schmidt’s image and trademark phrase – “Worship, work and win!”

The quote is on a wall in Loyola’s athletic...