The nuns casually showed off their hoop skills on their makeshift basketball court and this is the level of cool we aspire to be.
Picture this: a basketball bouncing up and down the atrium tiles of a 13th-century convent in Seville, Spain. A group of nuns clad in their religious habits racing to get their hands on the ball and land the perfect shot through the hoop. Although this sounds like a possible scene from Sister Act 3, at the Convent of San Leandro, this is the scene that plays out during sanitary mask production breaks. Spanish reporter Alejandro Ávila was lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of the sisters casually balling on their makeshift basketball court and thanks to him, we now have this badass energy zhuzhing up our lives.
Sharing this goodness with the world, Ávila posted a video of the nuns' friendly match on Twitter, writing: I never thought I'd see some cloistered nuns playing basketball. Today I have visited the convent of San Leandro, where their nuns have exchanged the elaboration of their famous buds for sanitary masks. Between sewing and sewing, shots to the basket. The reporter also wrote an article about his intriguing visit to the convent, where he'd gone to document the sisters halting the production of a special kind of nugget candy they're famous for to make masks for those in need during the pandemic.
Nunca pensé que vería a unas monjas de clausura jugando al baloncesto. Hoy he visitado el convento de San Leandro, donde sus monjas han cambiado la elaboración de sus célebres yemas por mascarillas sanitarias. Entre costura y costura, tiros a canasta. #Sevilla #Sevillahoy pic.twitter.com/enf7TyVjCy— Alejandro Ávila (@AleAvilaV) April 13, 2020
Describing his experience for eldiario.es, Ávila wrote: The thick walls of the city of Seville hide treasures. Behind the wall of the Convent of San Leandro, one of the best-kept secrets of the city is hidden: the recipe for the yolks of San Leandro [a sweet treat]... and some nuns who give their all playing basketball. In these days of pandemic and confinement, they have substituted sweets for sanitary masks and, between sewing and sewing, they crush the convent's board, like Lebron James with habits.
De la peste del siglo XVI al coronavirus del XXI: las monjas de San Leandro cambian las yemas por mascarillas (y canastas) https://t.co/JGhsigyF8q Un reportaje de @AleAvilaV pic.twitter.com/pyEc4FLS7P— eldiario.es (@eldiarioes) April 14, 2020
According to Ávila, two baskets preside over a stunning courtyard in the convent cloister. Their makeshift basketball court is unlike any other, decorated with large flowerpots and a gorgeous fountain, and graced by the presence of a canine named Casia who remains vigilant while the sisters play, looking for that perfect moment to steal the ball. "Then the game is over... there is no way to take it away!" revealed one of the nuns with a laugh. The basketball hoops were reportedly loaned to the sisters by the previous mayor, Juan Ignacio Zoido, during a visit to the convent.
The one in the white habit is like the LeBron of nuns. Impressive!— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) April 16, 2020
Ahh snap, European Jesus with the crossover on Beelzebub.— Urgency of NOW! (@Tex_ombian) April 17, 2020
While the sisters at the Convent of San Leandro are famous for the yolks of San Leandro, the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown left them without customers. So, Sister Natividad—the mother superior—decided to switch their focus to face masks when she heard about the dangerous shortage of protective equipment. "5,000 masks have already left the convent. We know this from the number of plastic bags we spend. They leave 500 a day. They are made with a special type of fabric, called TNT (waterproof and breathable) fabric, like that of restaurant tablecloths. It does not tear like paper and resist ironing and washing. We have already verified it," she said.
When asked how their lives have changed since the lockdown came into place, she replied: "In particular, it has made life easier for us, because they bring us the purchase and we don't have to go out and do paperwork." Sister Natividad assures that the nuns do not miss "going out. A quick one gets used to this life. Our lives are monotonous: prayer, Eucharist, work, and rest." And a little bit of basketball during that rest.