Today we honor one of Dillard University greatest sons Billy Ray Hobley on his birthday. Happy Birthday Billy Ray Hobley we are thankful for everything you did for Dillard University. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Hobley family, friends and classmates as they celebrate the life of this great alumnus
Billy Ray Hobley was born the youngest of twelve children to David and Lucy M. Hobley of Quincy, Florida. Billy Ray attended James A. Shanks High School where he received All-City, All-Region, All-State, All-American honors and then was recruited to Dillard University. At Dillard the 6’8 handler continued to succeed, in 75’ he scored 612 points within 27 games, for an average of 22.6 points per game and was named Offensive player of the year. In 77’ Hobley graduated from Dillard to join the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Billy Ray soon became known for his jolting slam-dunks, razzle-dazzle ball handling and effervescent personality. He lived up to his nickname “Supertrotter” and was said to be the ultimate Globetrotter. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Hobley appeared as a guest actor-entertainer on “The Tonight Show,” “M.A.S.H.,” “The Love Boat,” “ABC Wide World of Sports,” “First Annual NBA All-Star Classic,” and the “Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony,” to name a few. During his 22yrs with the Globetrotters, Billy Ray traveled the world six times until his final season in 1998. Amongst his several accomplishments in 1996 Hobley had the honor to participate in a special ceremony with Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, South Africa, which Mandela was made an honorary Globetrotter.
Hobley returned to his Alma Mater Dillard University as an assistant men’s basketball coach and became the interim head coach the next season. In 2000, he guided the team to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship and in 2001; he was given the prestigious honor of being named “Coach of The Year”. In addition to his successful career he began working closely with athletes on their professional aspirations as well as with local children. He was Executive Director and Founder of A.S.K. the Billy Ray Hobley Foundation Sports Academy which promoted drug awareness and prevention for high risked adolescents. Mr. Hobley was also honored by the Outstanding Young Men of America, the City of New Orleans, and the Chief of Police of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He held membership on the boards of the National Association for the Mentally Retarded and Young Men’s Christian Association; and a faithful member of Historic Second Baptist church in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On July 31, 2002 Billy Ray passed away while enjoying a game of tennis, his memory lives on through his wife Mattie, children Raichell and Bill Ray, II, nephew Elijah Hobley, and a host of relatives and friends that loved him. Billy Ray’s charismatic personality and kind heart, was a unique presence and continues to live through the A.S.K. Program and Dillard University’s Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Fund. On November 24th 2002 Mayor Louis J. Congemi of Kenner, Louisiana where he resided till his death made that Sunday, Billy Ray Hobley Day.
On Sunday February 13, 2011 Billy Ray “Suppertrotter” Hobley was posthumously honored with the Harlem Globetrotters “Legends” award in his adopted hometown New Orleans, La. Accepted by the Hobley Family, Billy Ray became the 29th recipient of this prestigious honor.
The Bio is from the Billy Ray Hobley A.S.K. Foundation Please support the Foundation by making a donation at http://askbillyrayhobley.org/