U.S. all-Muslim basketball team aims to break stereotypes

The youngsters are known to be the U.S.' only known all-Muslim team with Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) (Via Twitter)

The ‘Motor City Muslims’, a group of 16-year-old boys from Michigan, U.S., are aiming to shatter preconceived notions and stereotypes on Islam through basketball, reported Yahoo.

As the nation's only known all-Muslim Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, they had an important decision to make regarding their team’s name.

“We all know Islam often is unfortunately portrayed in a negative way in the media,” Clarence Archibald, the team’s coach, told Yahoo.

“I wanted to be sure we were easily identifiable as an all-Muslim team because it gave us an opportunity to change people's mindsets by showing them we're as American as home runs and apple pie,” Archibald added.

They also created a team logo featuring a character dressed in a traditional Islamic garb usually worn by men in the MENA region.

During their first tournament, the Motor City Muslims had managed to win a few games despite one opposing team taunting them during their warm up sessions.

Omar Shalal, a member of the team, claimed they played one of their best tournaments recently and that many in the audience had later changed their minds on them.

“We played one of our best games that day and blew them out. All the other teams came on the court afterward, congratulated us and said, 'Wow, you guys are actually pretty good,’” Shalal said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48