Larry Holliday was born in New York City (1949) and finished his last two years in high school at Dorsey High School, Los Angeles, CA in 1967. Larry was selected All-Southern League, All-Los Angeles City while averaging 25pts and 22 rebounds his senior. He received an athletic scholarship to University of Oregon where as an sophomore Larry was second leading rebounder in the PAC-8 behind the then Lew Alcindor, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, although he was the smallest forward in the PAC-8 at 6’3”. As a Duck Oregon was one of only two teams to beat UCLA during their historic run at NCAA championships. During the summer of his junior year he was selected as a member of the NCAA All-American Tour Team in cooperation with the Armed Force Professional Entertainment Office to visit our troops in the Philippians during the Vietnam War. Larry was drafted by the NBA Seattle Super Sonics and the ABA Maimi Floridian in 1971, and signed with the Floridians. He explains to young people that “I trained for my first job for twelve years and got fired after six months”. Larry continued to play in Scandinavia and for several AAU organizations in Denver Colorado.
Larry is very proud of his athletic accomplishments, but today playing basketball is one of the last things he thinks about. He states, “That the opportunities and what I gained through basketball is what I still have today, this includes many great life-long friendships, tremendous stories, proud memories and an education that made it possible for me to provide for my family and serve my community. Larry recalls as a freshman at Oregon that he was told that only five black athletes had graduated in four years during the past thirty years. The person who told him this said they were going to be the sixth and Larry was determined to be the seventh. He graduated from Oregon with BS degree in Sociology and after being released from the Floridians he returned to Oregon and received a Masters Degree in Counseling. Larry has been a life-long learner and has earned additional credentials and certifications.
Larry feel blessed to have had the opportunity to worked in education (higher and secondary), federal and state systems, in private industry and was Vice-President of Learning Designs, Inc. a corporate training company for ten years as an equity partner. In December 2008 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which required surgery and chemo treatment. He knows that he survived through the grace of GOD and during this period he spent time focusing on what was his purpose in life. In 1997 Larry had the opportunity to participate in starting a Public Charter High School, the Henry Ford Academy, in a museum in Dearborn MI, “The Henry Ford.” He realized how much of positive reinforcement was needed in lives of young people. He left his position with Learning Designs, Inc. and went back to working with young people as Director of Network Support for the Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI). HFLI has three Henry Ford Academies, one in Chicago, IL- Power House High, San Antonio, TX,-Alameda School for Art and Design, and in Detroit, MI - School for Creative Studies.
Larry believes that there is no greater need today than helping our young people refocus their thinking, reflect upon their actions and redirect the options that they see for their lives.