“Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you”.

– Matthew 7:7

This Scripture inspired Billy Ray Hobley to name his foundation The A.S.K. Billy Ray Hobley Foundation Sports Academy.

A.S.K. (Ask questions, Seek answers, Know truths) Billy Ray Hobley Foundation is a non- profit organization. The main goal of the Foundation is to assist children, ages 6-18, in the Greater New Orleans Area  to gain  and maintain the attitudes and life skills necessary to become productive citizens. The Foundation promotes health, knowledge and self-confidence through a variety of sports-related activities, with a special focus on basketball fundamentals and competition.

Timeline:

  • 1991: A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy founded by Harlem Globetrotter Billy Ray Hobley November 7, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1992: A.S.K. Foundation Presents, Helping Hands: A star-studded concert to benefit South Louisiana victims devastated by Hurricane Andrew held at the Ponchatrain Civic Center Kenner, La.
  • 1993: 1st A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy Summer Youth Camp held at the Pointe Coupee Central High School Gymnasium New Roads, La.
  • 1994: A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy Summer Youth Camp held at the Muss Bertolino Gymnasium Kenner, La.
  • 1995: A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy Summer Youth Camp held at the Muss Bertolino Gymnasium Kenner, La.
  • 1998: A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy Summer Youth Camp held at the Muss Bertolino Gymnasium Kenner, La.
  • 2001: A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy Summer Youth Camp
    *Sponsored by A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy held at the Johnny Jacobs Playground in Harvey, La and Waagman Playground and Jesse Owens playgrounds in River Ridge, La.
  • 2002: Billy Ray “Supertrotter” Hobley  passed away on July 31,2002.
  • 2002: November 24, 2002 Mayor Louis Congemi of Kenner, Louisiana made that
    Sunday, Billy Ray Hobley Day.
  • 2002: February 13, 2011 at the New Orleans Arena, The Harlem Globetrotters honored the “Supertrotter” with the Harlem Globetrotters “Legends” award. This prestigious award was accepted by the Hobley Family on his behalf, Hobley became the 29th recipient.
  • 2009: The Billy Ray Hobley Endowed Scholarship was established on February 27, 2009. Dillard University hosted the 1st Annual Billy Ray Hobley Athletic Scholarship Dinner in Kearney Hall .
  • 2012: January 30, 2012 A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy is reinstated by the State of Louisiana.
  • 2012: Billy Ray’s daughter Raichell decided to reinstate and rename the foundation A.S.K. Billy Ray Hobley Foundation. September 21, 2013, The Next Generation of A.S.K. Billy Ray Hobley Board and Advisory Members Re-launched the Foundation with a Mini Basketball camp at Mr. Hobley’s Alma Mater Dillard University.
  • 2012: March 16, 2012, A.S.K. The Billy Ray Hobley Foundation-Sports Academy name is changed to A.S.K. Billy Ray Hobley Foundation.
  • 2013: The A.S.K. Foundation Re-launch Mini Camp – August 3,2013 8:00 am- 4:00 pm at Dillard University Gymnasium.