Clayton Custer

March will forever be tied to basketball.

It's that rare time of the year when the whole country tunes in to watch. For any one of the 64 teams invited to play in the NCAA tournament, there's the possibility – and hope – of etching one's name into the record books, forever to be immortalized by joining the rare group of teams to make it to the Final 4. And every now and then, there's that one team, that against all odds, with the deck stacked against them as a lower seed, captures our imagination through their heart, grit, and joy. Through their fight they remind us that anything is possible.

One such "Cinderella" team was Loyola Chicago University. In 2018, their magical March Madness run led by Coach Porter Moser and team captain Clayton Custer personifies why we love basketball. This is their story.