Shoeless Indian boys prove you don't need Air Jordan sneakers to win a basketball tournament, it's all about the talent, not what you put on your feet. These shoeless Indian boys swept the floor with their opponents at a recent basketball tournament in Argentina, according to ABC News on Oct 16.
Most of the basketball players were barefoot on the team of Trique Indian boys. Instead of playing at a disadvantage, which most would expect after looking at their shoeless feet, these Indian boys blew the need for a pair of high-end sneakers out of the water.
The shoeless Indian boys went on to become the 2013 champions of the International Festival of Mini-Basketball held in Argentina. The team is from Oaxaca, which is one of the southern states in Mexico. The Trique players made waves not only because they were on the court shoeless, but these young players were shorter than the majority of the players at the tournament.
Because these kids come from a disadvantage background and because they were shorter than the average basketball player at the tournament, they were called teased by the other teams. Some of the other players in the tournament called the shoeless Indian boys, "the barefoot mice from Mexico." One of the coaches, Ernest Merino, said the boys won with ”strength, speed and resistance” and this made up for their shortcomings.
The strange part about these shoeless Indian boys is that they were given shoes when they joined the team but because most of them are from poor families and normally don't wear shoes, they opt to play basketball that way. They are so used to doing everything shoeless that it's their preference to play barefoot.
The boys brought much pride to Mexico and the celebration of their win didn't stop when the tournament was over. The boys were applauded for a full minute at Wednesday’s meeting of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies.
The pride went all the way to the top of the chain in the Mexico government, as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sent his feelings of pride out to the masses on Twitter.