Loyola's Sister Jean to Receive John Sanders 'Spirit of the Valley' Award

CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball team chaplain Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt has been selected as the recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference’s John Sanders “Spirit of The Valley” Award. Sr. Jean will be recognized during a timeout of Sunday’s (Feb. 12) men’s basketball game against Wichita State and will be presented with the award at the MVC Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 2, in St. Louis.

Since 2005, the Missouri Valley Conference has presented the Spirit of The Valley Award to honor a student-athlete, coach or university administrator who exemplifies the spirit of the late John Sanders, former MVC assistant commissioner for operations. Criteria includes, but is not limited to, passion for the Conference, strong work ethic and sense of humor.

Sr. Jean, who last month was inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame, has been a fixture at Rambler men’s basketball games and other athletics contests and serves as an important figure in the lives of Loyola students, faculty and staff.

Also at Sunday’s game against Wichita State, the 2016 Loyola men’s soccer team, which posted a school-record 14 wins, won the school’s first-ever regular-season Missouri Valley Conference title and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament win, will be honored for its memorable season.