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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Badger Nuns

Sister Mary Touchdown, Sister Hail Mary and Sister Mary Bucky religiously attended Badger home games this season.

In Chryst they trust: Badger Nuns grace Camp Randall

Although many Badgers’ prayers were not answered Saturday in a tough loss to Northwestern, three super fans clad in red and white habits blessed Camp Randall to lift fallen spirits.

Sister Mary Touchdown, Sister Hail Mary and Sister Mary Bucky—also known as the Badger Nuns—religiously attended all but one home game this season, where their infectious team spirit helped rally fans.

“We are just passionate about the Badgers,” Sister Mary Touchdown said. “We love going to the games, rallying the crowd and trying to get the Badgers to win.”

Sister Mary Bucky would say the women were “called to” their positions as Badger Nuns, but the group costume was actually inspired by an Ice Bucket Challenge video in which a group of Irish nuns wore red and white habits. Sister Mary Touchdown recreated the look, adding a motion W to the front and “In Chryst We Trust” to the back.

The three Catholic-raised friends may not be formally recognized as “real” nuns, but their fan following has grown wildly throughout the semester.

“It’s so fun because we really do get the nicest reactions from people,” Sister Mary Touchdown said. “Every time we say ‘go Bucky,’ they cheer right with us.”

The nuns wrapped up their first football season this weekend by finally gaining access to the student section, a goal they always had but could never get in.

“We just wanted to be with the students, because this is their team really,” Sister Mary Touchdown said. “The stadium is full of people who are there to support the Badgers and it’s really great to see all of them, but we really just wanted to experience the game with the students.”

The Sisters plan to continue following the Badger football team through the end of this season and will post updates on their Facebook page. They hope to make return appearances at next year’s home games.

“It has been a shockingly positive experience. We really didn’t expect anything like this. We were just kind of goofing around and it just took off,” Sister Mary Touchdown said. “We love it and we’re having so much fun with it.”

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