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Bobby "Zorro" Hunter

Bobby "Zorro" Hunter

Robert Richard Hunter is the founder and Executive Director of ‘Empowerment Through Recreation” a non-profit organization based in New York City. Through his own example, Bobby has proven that through recreation, education and self-awareness, empowerment manifests itself through accomplishment. Positive characteristics such as these are what has molded him and drives him to make a difference in the lives of those around him and in his community. Empowerment Through Recreation is the vehicle through which he provides opportunities for individuals to come to their full potential.

Bobby “Zorro” Hunter attended Seward Park High School where he won Prep-All City Honors. He got that moniker from Cecil Watkins while trying to think of a name their basketball team. Bobby yelled out “The Zorro’s! To which Mr. Watkins replied “No, you’re Zorro!” The rest, shall we say, is history. They finally settled on the name P.S 68 Nats.

Known for his quick wit and jovial personality as well as his basketball skills, Bobby was one of the star members of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters from 1966 to 1974 and was one of the last players to be recruited by Abe Saperstein. As a Globetrotter he founded and was also the president of the Globetrotter Union from 1971 to 1974. Bobby was inducted into the into the Rucker Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. along with the Harlem Globetrotters and Earvin Magic Johnson in 2002.

He attended Tennessee A & I University along with Olympic Gold Medalists Wilma Rudolf and Ralph Boston. In 1977 he was on the President’s Council on Sports along with Joe Clark and Olympian Jesse Owens. He received a masters degree in recreation and an undergraduate degree in health from Long Island University in 1976 and 1978 respectively. His oratory skills were honed as a motivational speaker for 70 clinics a year on the road for Pro Keds.. He received an award, in recognition of these activities, as one of the countries top clinicians, from the California Speakers Bureau. As an Assistant Professor at Central Connecticut University he taught Western Civilization. He was also Assistant Coach and Academic Advisor at Long Island University from1988 till 1993.

No matter where in the world Bobby traveled to, he always came back home to New York. Hank Whitney presented him with his NY teaching license for JHS in1988. He was Recreation Director for the Division of Homeless Services from 1988-2005. This brought about the Homeless Olympics geared towards inspiring homeless people through their athletic ability.

Bobby who has a 31-year-old son, Vohn residing in Nebraska, is a much-respected active member of the community and the last Globetrotter to hale from Harlem where he still lives and where he was instrumental in the founding of Harlem Week.

The list of Bobby’s other accomplishment is as follows:

Endorsed Uniroyal Pro-Keds Promotions 1976-1984Uniroyal’s Man of the Year1977 and 1979Assistant Coach at Boston College from 1980 to 1982Assistant Coach at Stanford University from 1982 to 1984Certificate of Communications from UCLA 1983Founder and Board Member of African American Flag HouseHonored by Each One Teach One Program Member of Playground LegendsAffiliated with American ScoresHonored by Brooklyn USAHonored by the Governor of New York State







 

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