AMADOU'S STORYAmadou Gallo Fall, a native of Senegal, is Executive Director and Founder of SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal), and knows firsthand what it's like to be a promising young athlete in Africa. In the late 1980s, he was serendipitously discovered by a member of the Peace Corps, leading to a basketball scholarship in the United States. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia with a B.S. in Biology, Fall went on to work for the Senegalese Basketball Federation, mentoring players and providing assistance to bring them to the United States to further their education. In 1998, while accompanying the Senegalese National team to the World Championships, he was hired to be a scout for the Dallas Mavericks, where he rose to serve as Director of Player Personnel and Vice President of International Affairs.
Fall is now Vice President of Development for the NBA in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he leads the NBA's efforts to develop and promote basketball in Africa.