2017 Fred Barakat Sports Council Dinner
1974 NC State National Championship Reunion
Anyone living in North Carolina in 1974 probably remembers the weekend, and it’s one longtime NC State University fans will never forget – the Wolfpack played the mighty UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Final Four at the Greensboro Coliseum and went on to win the national championship two days later. For the first time since 1974, members of that NC State team will celebrate their championship where they won it – the Greensboro Coliseum arena, the Greensboro Sports Council announced today.
Founded in 2008, The Fred Barakat Sports Dinner, presented by the Greensboro Sports Council, was renamed in 2010 in memory of the late associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Players David Thompson, Monte Towe and Tommy Burleson will return to the Greensboro Coliseum floor to share memories of a magical basketball weekend that ended UCLA’s run of seven-straight NCAA championships and put the Wolfpack on top of the college basketball world. Late NC State coach Norm Sloan’s assistant coach, Eddie Biedenbach, will serve as the event emcee.
The Fred Barakat Sports Dinner highlights significant figures in or related to the Atlantic Coast Conference or one of its sports. Previous featured guests at the event are former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan, ESPN college basketball analyst and Duke Alumnus Jay Bilas, CBS Sports college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg, ESPN College basketball analyst Dick Vitale, Duke University Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, CBS Sports golf analyst Gary McCord as well as roundtable discussions featuring “Legends of the ACC” with Duke’s Mike Gminski, North Carolina’s Phil Ford, NC State’s Derrick Whittenburg and Wake Forest’s Randolph Childress and “Coaches of the ACC” featuring Wake Forest’s Dave Odom, Maryland’s Gary Williams, Georgia Tech’s Bobby Cremins and NC State’s Les Robinson.
Open to the general public, the Fred Barakat Sports Dinner is the Sports Council’s only major fundraising event. Proceeds from this year’s dinner will support a new community initiative that will be announced during the event.
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.