Asto Ndour Val He knows better than anyone how sport can affect life.
She was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, before leaving her family at the age of 14 to pursue her football career in Spain near the Canary Islands.
It was a gamble for such a young player, but the athletic qualities that she had started to make her interesting.
In 2011, Asto N’Dor Val obtained Spanish citizenship, which gave him the opportunity to represent this country on the international stage.
With his 96m and subsequent performances on the field, the young star quickly caught the world’s attention.
She played an important role in the Spanish team that won the silver medal in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2011. She finished the competition with a nearly double average. In 2013, she led Spain to a historic treble at the European Under-20 Championship. This feat allowed her to win the 2013 Young Player of the Year award, bestowed by the International Basketball Federation in Europe.
A year later, the value of the pivotal player exploded.
She won a silver medal at the FIBA U20 European Championships before being drafted into the WNBA by the San Antonio Stars (now Las Vegas Aces) as the 16th selection of the 2014 draft.
Asto N’Dor Fol took this opportunity to play in the United States. She participated in the 2014 and 2016 seasons with San Antonio before she was transferred to Chicago Sky in 2017. In 2020, Sky sent her to the Dallas Wings who terminated her contract. The Senegalese Spaniard then returned to Chicago in 2021 where she played an important role in winning the title.
In between her WNBA experiences, she has also developed in Europe for several teams participating 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 biggest success came in 2016 when an injury to Sancho Little, another naturalized Spanish player, allowed Asto N’Dor Vall to play for Spain in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
She helped her country win the first ever Olympic medal in women’s basketball to enrich her personal collection.
Asto N’Dour Val: Creating opportunities for future generations
Having traveled a lot around the world and with so many nicknames to her name, it can be easy to rest on her laurels for the 28-year-old.
But rather than be content with her successes, the 2021 WNBA champion is looking to make the sport that changed her life more accessible to others.
En décembre 2019, la médaillée olympique a lancé l”Association Astou Ndour AN45′ pour l’aider à remplir son objectif d’offrir la possibilité aux enfants nés au Sénégal de jouer au d’basketball de mais mais a ‘good health.
“I always told myself I had to help the kids,” N’Dor Val told FIBA. “This is what I do now every time I go back to Senegal because at their age, I was not in a comfortable position. It was very difficult and even more so as a girl.”
“Here, when a girl does sports, there is a tendency to say that sports and study are for boys. You have to stay at home, cook and be a housewife.”
“It is the past and we want to show that basketball can change the life of a young girl. This will give them more powers and more responsibilities so that they can be role models for the next generation.”
Last July, Asto N’Dor Val, who had abandoned the 2022 WNBA season, helped his association organize its first event: a three-day tournament that welcomed 60 participants, including 35 girls.
The Dakar native’s goal of making their sport more inclusive has gone even further with the participation of wheelchair basketball players.
“Unfortunately, wheelchair basketball players are never invited to training camps where no one follows their tournaments, even if they are professionals. So I also wanted to show that they are a part of us,” N’Dour Vale told the FIBA Foundation.
After the success of her first training, the MVP at EuroBasket women 2019 has really focused on what she can do next.
And she wrote on social networks at the end of the first: “We are already thinking about the next Asto N’Dour basketball camp.” This statement proves that her commitment to the next generation is just beginning.