The Bleu Devil Classic weekend begins on Feb. 17 with the Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala.
The Bleu Devil Classic weekend begins on Feb. 17 with the Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala.
Dillard - Tue, Jan. 17, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University will host its annual Bleu Devil Classic basketball weekend, Friday Feb. 17 through Sunday Feb. 19. Today, the University announced the official schedule of events beginning Friday, February 17-19. Each year, the Bleu Devil Classic brings together students, alumni, family and friends for an exciting weekend leading up to the highly anticipated men's and women's basketball matchups against Dillard's longtime crosstown rival, Xavier University.

The 9th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala remains the centerpiece of the weekend. This year's gala will be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Dillard Professional Schools and Sciences Building. "The Gala is an important fundraiser for student scholarships as well as a great celebration that allows us to acknowledge exceptional leadership and the legacies of two very accomplished former athletes," said Dillard Athletic Director Dr. Kiki Baker-Barnes.

This year's recipient of The Bleu Flame of Excellence Award will be New Orleans Pelicans Head Coach, Alvin Gentry. Now in its second year, the Blue Flame of Excellence award was created to honor local and national figures that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of community service and athletics.

The Legacy Award will be presented to former track athlete Ronald Henderson, '63 and long-time basketball assistant Walter Tillman, '67. The Legacy Award was created to honor former Dillard University athletes or administrators who have demonstrated excellence in their career and community. This award has been presented annually since 2011.

The two Dillard University student-athletes who will receive The Billy Ray Hobley Endowed Scholarship are senior Keona Favis (SR/Shreveport, La.) and junior Patrick Thompson (JR/Geismar, La.). The Billy Ray Hobley Endowed scholarship is awarded to a Dillard University student-athlete or athletes each year that have at least a 2.5 GPA and embody the spirit of Billy Ray Hobley.

The schedule of events for the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic are listed below and open to the media and public unless noted:


Friday, February 17th

12:00 p.m.           Day Party (Kabacoff Plaza)

5:30 p.m.             Alumni-Student Pre-Gala Reception (Alumni House)

7:00 p.m.             9th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala (ticketed event – private event)

12:00 a.m.           Midnight Breakfast (Kearny Hall – ticketed event for students & alumni)


Saturday, February 18th

11:00 a.m.           Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic Pre-Game Event, Kabacoff Plaza

3:00 p.m.             Lady Bleu Devils vs. Gold Nuggets, Dent Hall Gymnasium

5:00 p.m.             Bleu Devils vs. Gold Rush, Dent Hall Gymnasium

8:00 p.m.             Official After Game Event (Georges Auditorium for students & alumni)



Tickets for all events can be purchased online at Group tickets are available for those wanting to purchase 6 or more tickets. This year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic will host its first ever, VIP Alumni experience during the game. These VIP tickets are first come-first serve and include balcony seating and refreshments among other amenities. Limited media passes are also available to all events.

Click here to purchase Bleu Devil Classic tickets. Click here to purchase Billy Ray Hobley tickets.


Each year, Dillard Athletics in conjunction with the ASK Billy Ray Hobley Foundation recognizes individuals that have demonstrated a commitment of service to their community and representing the ideals the Billy Ray Hobley lived by.


Since 1869, Dillard University has been committed to providing students with a quality four-year liberal arts education. Dillard is a fully accredited private, historically black university.

The cornerstone of New Orleans' Gentilly Community, the University sits on a beautiful and serene 55-acre campus, replete with signature live oak trees and a mixture of historic buildings and modern facilities. Dillard students go on to some of the best graduate schools in the world. Dillard currently has alumni studying at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and the London School of Economics, among others. Dillard University is also the only university in the United States that is a partner in the Melton Foundation. Dillard students who become Melton Fellows participate in intercultural training, leadership development, and global education through symposia, travel, online activities, project grants, and social service.