A group of shoeless Indian boys is receiving a lot of attention this week after winning an international youth basketball tournament in South America. A report today from the Associated Press via Yahoo!, explained that the shoeless Indian boys, dubbed ''the barefoot mice from Mexico,' don't wear sneakers because they are accustomed to going barefoot.
The shoeless Indian boys basketball team which hails from the southern state of Oaxaca, has attracted eyes not only because of their triumphs but also due to them overcoming barriers of poverty and marginalization that plague their communities.
''The victories of the Trique Indian team from Oaxaca's Academy of Indigenous Basketball make Mexicans proud," said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
The shoeless (Mexican) Indian boys were invited to participate in the 4th International Festival of Mini-Basketball held in Argentina -- and they won all six games they played.
The full House of Representatives recognized the team's victory with a minute of applause during Wednesday's session.
When asked about their tremendous victory, one of the boys stated, "they call us the barefoot mice of Mexico," he said. He mentioned that unlike other children, the Triqui are small, but that may seek to overcome disadvantage with strength, speed and endurance.
Emanuel Sanchez, press officer for the commission of the government of Oaxaca sport, told the AP that the institution supports the members of the selection Triqui with tennis, uniforms and monthly stipends of 600 pesos (about $46 ) for children and 1,500 pesos for coaches each month.