Carroll Companies Returns to Fred Barakat Sports Dinner as Presenting Partner; Tickets, Tables, Partnerships Remain


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Carroll Companies is returning to the Fred Barakat Sports Dinner as its presenting partner, the Greensboro Sports Council announced today. Founded in 2008, The Fred Barakat Sports Dinner was renamed in 2011 in memory of the late associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Carroll Companies sponsored the 2022 event featuring Clemson University Football Coach Dabo Swinney. The 2024 dinner is set for Tuesday, April 30 on the Greensboro Coliseum arena floor.

ESPN College Basketball Analyst and two-time ACC Men’s Basketball coach of the year Seth Greenberg will be the featured speaker at the 2024 Fred Barakat Sports Dinner presented by The Carroll Companies benefitting the Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment; this program aims to teach water-safety skills to every second-grade student in the Guilford County School System at no cost to the family; the program is mostly privately funded.

In partnership with Guilford County Schools, the Greensboro Aquatic Center developed a curriculum-based Learn-to-Swim healthy-lifestyle program that debuted in 2011. Students in the Learn-to-Swim program receive instruction in a 25-yard pool and are taught techniques that foster a systematic progression of swimming skills that will maximize their development over a series of five 40-minute lessons. The skills learned through the Learn-to-Swim Program are lifesaving and help students develop an active lifestyle while exposing them to additional swimming opportunities. For additional information on the Learn-to-Swim program, please visit

The Fred Barakat Sports Dinner presented by The Carroll Companies is open to the general public; corporate partnerships offering access to the VIP reception with Greenberg are currently being sold by the Greensboro Sports Council. Individual tickets are $125, tables of 10 are $1,000; for additional information, please visit: or contact Tyler Key,

The Carroll Companies, based in Greensboro, N.C., features a collection of enterprises specializing in diverse aspects of land development construction, ownership, management and publication. As The Carroll Companies continue to evolve, they are best known for their luxury multifamily developments, visionary mixed-use lifestyle centers, and superior storage solutions.

Greenberg joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 2012 following a 35-year coaching career. He posted a record of 383-293 in his 22 seasons as a head coach with stints at Long Beach State, University of South Florida and Virginia Tech. He led his teams to four wins against No. 1 ranked teams and reached the postseason 11 times. He is a member of the Long Beach State and the National Jewish Sports Halls of Fame.

Barakat joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1981 as the supervisor of men’s basketball officials. He was later named assistant commissioner and was then promoted to associate commissioner, director of men’s basketball. For 16 years he served as the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament director along with his other basketball responsibilities that included scheduling, managing the league’s television partners and officiating. He passed away in 2010.

About the Greensboro Sports Council:

Founded in 1959, the Greensboro Sports Council is the official host organization for the Greensboro Coliseum Complex providing hospitality, resources and community interaction for events held at the Coliseum Complex. The Sports Council supports or did support such sports events in Greensboro and Guilford County as the ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, the Wyndham Championship PGA TOUR event, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, various U.S. Swimming events, the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, various NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the ACC Women’s Golf Tournament at Sedgefield Country Club, the United States Olympic Committee Table Tennis Olympic Trials as well as NCAA Championships hosted in the area. In addition, the Council hosts the HAECO Invitational high school basketball tournament each December. Founded in 1976, this annual event donates its proceeds to charitable organizations and its participating schools each year. For additional information, please visit

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Photo Caption: Clemson University Football Coach Dabo Swinney, left, was the speaker at the 2022 Fred Barakat Sports Dinner presented by The Carroll Companies. ACC Network’s Wes Durham, right, was the moderator. (Photo Courtesy: Joey Kirkman/Greensboro Sports Council)

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