Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Fund

 

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9th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala Ticket  $125.00

 

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9th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala Ticket $100.00
 
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About the Billy Ray Hobley Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Fund was created to honor the legacy of Billy Ray "Supertrotter" Hobley, who was a cornerstone for the Dillard University athletics department. The scholarship was established on February 27, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., in Kearny Hall, when Dillard University hosted the 1st Annual Billy Ray Hobley Athletic Scholarship Dinner. For more information on donating to the Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Fund, click on the link below or contact the athletics department at 504-816-4752.

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About Billy Ray Hobley

Billy Ray Hobley came to New Orleans in 1973 from his hometown, Quincy, Fla., where he played basketball at James A. Shanks High School. The 6-foot-8 ball handler was known for his big plays and backboard-rattling dunks. In 1975, Hobley scored 612 points within 27 games, for an average of 22.6 points per game. In the same year, Hobley was named Offensive Player of the Year.

In 1977, Hobley's last season as a Blue Devil, head coach John O. Brown, informed him that the Harlem Globetrotters had been recruiting him for four years and wanted him to attend camp in September. Dedicated to finishing his education, Hobley graduated from Dillard University the following spring with a Bachelor's Degree in health and physical education. However, knowing he had the ability to play on the professional level, Hobley wasn't giving up on his love for the game. With no time to spare, Hobley joined the New Orleans professional basketball league, where he averaged 40 points per game. In August, the Globetrotters invited Hobley to a special camp, where he was signed a three-year contract the same day.

Hobley eventually received the nickname "Supertrotter", which was developed from him traveling around the world six times. The Globetrotters averaged 250 shows per year, visiting over 120 countries. In 1996, Hobley participated in a special ceremony with Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, South Africa, at which Mandela was made an honorary Globetrotter.

Hobley retired from the Globetrotters, in 1998, and returned to Dillard University as an assistant men's basketball coach; the following season, he became interim head coach. In 2000, he was named head coach of the Blue Devils, where he accomplished a record of 22-11, leading his team to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship.

In 2001, he left Dillard University to spend time with his family and work on his charity organization, the Billy Ray Hobley ASK Foundation, which focused on programs for children. His warm heart and passion to motivate children caught the attention of local filmmaker Steve Scaffida, who produced an inspirational film on Hobley's contributions to the community.

On July 31, 2002, while enjoying a game of tennis, Hobley suffered a fatal heart attack. Hobley was more than a talented basketball player; through faith, focus and determination he was able to reach out to others and motivate them to be outstanding individuals. Dillard University Athletics is proud to honor Billy Ray Hobley and call him a True Champion of Character.