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Friday February 15
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Billy Ray Hobley Scholarlship Gala
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Dillard University Announces Eleventh Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala 

NEW ORLEANS  – The Dillard University Department of Athletics will host the 11th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala Awards Gala.  The Gala will take place on Friday, February 15, 2019, 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.”



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.

Purchase tickets here, or make a contribution to the Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Fund. For more information, please email or call 504-816-4669.