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Friday January 19
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Dillard University Announces Tenth Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala Award Winners
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Dillard University Announces Tenth Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala Award Winners

NEW ORLEANS  – The Dillard University Department of Athletics has announced the winners of its 10th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala Awards Gala.  The Gala will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018, in the atrium of the Dillard Professional Schools and Sciences Building.  Each year, Dillard Athletics in conjunction with the ASK Billy Ray Hobley Foundation recognizes individuals that have demonstrated a commitment to service to their community and representing the ideals the Billy Ray Hobley lived by.

Each year the event raises thousands of dollars for scholarships and serves as the 
kick-off for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic Weekend, featuring men’s and women’s basketball matchups against Dillard’s longtime crosstown rival, Xavier University.

“The Gala is an important fundraiser for student scholarships as well as a great celebration of the legacy of one of our most notable former athletes,” stated Athletic Director Kiki Baker Barnes.  “We are so proud to shine a light on the great individuals who contribute so much to society and to reward some exceptional students who have shown exactly what a student-athlete should be.”

Dillard is proud to congratulate this year's award recipients:

Legacy AwardThe 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. 

Mattie Hobley

Mattie Johnson Hobley is Senior Director of Oncology Services at East Jefferson General Hospital. She is a graduate of Dillard University with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. She received her Master’s in Health Service Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and Masters in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, national honor society; Oncology Nursing Society; American Nurses Association; New Orleans District Nurses Association; Dillard University Professional Organization of Nurses; and member of the American Cancer Society Leadership Council. She is certified as a Nurse Executive and also certified by the state of Louisiana to perform Breast Examinations.


Mrs. Hobley was the first President/Executive Director of the Billy Ray Hobley Foundation, President of the Jonathan Bender Foundation, and member of several other community boards and committees.


Mrs. Hobley is the widow of the late Billy Ray Hobley, 22 year veteran of the Harlem Globetrotters and she has two children, Raichell Monique Hobley and Billy Ray Hobley II.

Lewis Anderson

Lewis grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He was recruited by Coach John Brown to play basketball and was part of the 1975 recruitment class of five ballplayers.  He mostly rode the bench but still had fun wearing the blue and white. 
After leaving active duty, Lewis worked in banking and went back to teaching.  He taught finance, economics and real estate as a part-time adjunct at the University of Phoenix and Palomar College in San Diego. Lewis a life member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Dillard Memphis Alumni Chapter president.  is an active partner and supporter of academic achievements. 

Bleu Flame of Excellence Award Honoree


Sweet Lou Dunbar



Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Recipient


Adriiana Jackson




Dillard University Sports Hall of Fame


Inaugural Best of Best Class Honorees


Melanie Davis


Ronald Henderson


Charles Hightower


Billy Ray Hobley


Pamela Jiles


George Johnson


Jackie Franklin McKinney


Ariel "Mighty" Mitchell


Alfredo Ott


Malbert Pradd


About Billy Ray Hobley - 
Billy Ray Hobley, a native of Quincy, Fla., played basketball at Dillard from 1973 to 1977. The 6’8” ball handler was known for his big plays and backboard rattling dunks. In 1975, Hobley scored 612 points in 27 games, averaging 22.6 points per contest. In the same year, Hobley was named Offensive Player of the Year.

He eventually played for the Harlem Globetrotters until 1998, an organization that averaged 250 shows per year, visiting over 120 countries.  After retiring from the Globetrotters, he returned to Dillard as an assistant men's basketball coach. In 1999, he became an interim head coach. After becoming the full-time head coach of the Blue Devils in 2000, where he led the Bleu Devils to a 22-11 record and a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship.

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.

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