Commentary Spanish-Senegalese Astou Ndour-Fall helps the new generation

Astou Ndour Fall knows better than anyone how sport can impact a life.

She was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal before leaving her family at just 14 to pursue her basketball career in Spain, near the Canary Islands.

It was a gamble for such a young player, but the athletic qualities she was beginning to have made it interesting.

In 2011, Astou Ndour-Fall obtained Spanish nationality, which offered him the opportunity to represent this country on the international stage.

With his meter 96 and performances that followed on the pitch, the young star quickly caught the attention of the whole world.

She played an important role in the Spanish team that won the silver medal at the FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup in 2011. She finished the competition with almost a double-double average. In 2013, she led Spain to a historic treble at the European U20 Championship. This feat earned her the 2013 Young Player of the Year award from FIBA ​​Europe.

A year later, the value of the player who changes to the position of pivot has exploded.

She won silver at the FIBA ​​U20 European Championship before being drafted to the WNBA by the San Antonio Stars (now Las Vegas Aces) as the 16th pick in the 2014 draft.

Astou Ndour-Fall took advantage of this opportunity to play in the United States. She participated in the 2014 and 2016 seasons with San Antonio before being visible at Chicago Sky in 2017. In 2020, Sky sent her to the Dallas Wings who broke her contract. The Hispano-Senegalese then returned to Chicago in 2021 where she played an important role in winning the title.

Between her experiences in the WNBA, she also evolved in Europe for several teams engaged in the Euroleague or Eurocup.

Since 2014, she has worn the colors of 11 teams in five countries while winning four additional international medals with Spain including gold at EuroBasket 2019.

But perhaps her greatest success came in 2016 when the injury of Sancho Lyttle, another naturalized Spanish player, allowed Astou Ndour-Fall to participate with Spain in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

She helped her country win the first Olympic medal in its history in women’s basketball to further enrich her personal collection.

Astou Ndour-Fall: creating opportunities for future generations

Having traveled so much around the world and with so many titles to her name, it might be easy to rest on her laurels for the 28-year-old.

But rather than settle for her successes, the 2021 WNBA champion is looking to make the sport that changed her life more available to others.

In December 2019, the Olympic medalist launched the ‘Association Astou Ndour AN45’ to help her fulfill her goal of providing the opportunity for children born in Senegal to play basketball but also to understand the importance of studies and life. ‘a good health.

“I always said to myself that I should help children,” Ndour-Fall told the FIBA ​​Foundation. “So that’s what I do now every time I go back to Senegal because at their age, I wasn’t in a comfortable situation. It was very difficult and even more so as a girl. »

“Here, when a girl plays sports, there is a tendency to say that sports and studies are for boys. You have to stay home, cook and be a housewife. »

“It’s the past and we want to show that basketball can change the life of a little girl. This will give them more powers and more responsibilities so that they could be examples for the next generation. »

Last July, Astou Ndour-Fall, who gave up the WNBA 2022 season, helped his association organize its first event: a three-day stage that welcomed 60 participants, including 35 girls.

The Dakar native’s goal of making her sport more inclusive has gone even further with the participation of wheelchair basketball players.

“Unfortunately, wheelchair basketball players are never invited to the stages where no one follows their championships, even if they are professionals. So I also wanted to show that they are part of us,” Ndour-Fall told the FIBA ​​Foundation.

After the success of her first internship, the MVP of EuroBasket Women 2019 is already focused on what she can do next.

“We are already thinking of the next Astou Ndour basketball stadium,” she wrote on social networks at the end of the first. This statement proves that its commitment to the next generation has only just begun.

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