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Jul, 2021

Meet our Interns Fain and Lauryn

Lauryn Harding and Fain Buete are no strangers to NCFC Youth, as former youth players they have spent countless hours training, preparing, and developing on the field. This summer things look a little different for them: they have traded in their cleats and training kits for computers and business attire as they continue their development off the field.  Learn more about their journey from 'player' to 'professional' here.

Fain Buete

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Fain Buete, and I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina when I was 13 years old. I have played soccer my whole life and was a part of the NC Courage ECNL/Academy for 4 years. I attended Heritage High School and was a 2019 Women’s Soccer 4A State Champion! I played collegiate soccer at Ole Miss for 2 years and am now attending High Point University for the next 3 years to continue my athletic and academic career.

What made you want to intern with NCFC Youth and what are your responsibilities? 

I wanted to intern with NCFC Youth because it has been such a big part of my life in the past. I have always seen NCFC Youth as just a soccer club, but after spending a month in the office instead of on the field, I can see that a lot more goes into the daily operations than I thought. NCFC Youth is not only a soccer club, but also an organization that strives to make the community a better place for everyone. 

As a marketing intern, I can see the administrative and marketing side of NCFC Youth. My responsibilities include assisting in the planning and execution of weekly projects and social media management, in support of NCFC Youth’s overall marketing strategy.

How do you think this internship will help you in the future?

I think that this internship will be very beneficial for me in the future because I am able to gain experience in the marketing field by working directly with sponsors, marketing campaigns, and digital platforms. NCFC Youth is a major organization that has been a great place for me to get hands-on experience in a professional environment.

What was your favorite memory from when you played at NCFC Youth? 

My favorite memory was when my NC Courage Academy team and I made it to Nationals and we all had the opportunity to travel to San Diego, California, together. Competing for a National Championship with all of your best friends is a feeling like no other.

What is your favorite part about your internship?

My favorite part about my internship is being able to spend time learning the ins and outs of the organization that I spent so much time with as a player. I also like that I can be creative and work on real-world projects. Overall, I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with this club and am so excited for the future!

Lauryn Harding 

Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Lauryn Harding, and I am from Fayetteville, NC. I am now a rising Senior at Belmont Abbey College. I play on the women's soccer team as a goal-keeper. I would not be as successful as I am if it was not for NCFC Youth. I was on the 00 Ladies CASL Black and NCFC Elite/Premier Team. I have only been a goalie for about 4 1/2 years, before that I was a field player. Transitioning into such a complicated position so late in my soccer career was tough, but without NCFC Youth I would not be the keeper I am today.

What made you want to intern with NCFC Youth and what are your responsibilities?

I wanted to be an intern at NCFC Youth because this is a club that I hold near and dear to my heart. They taught so much about soccer, and what separates an average player from an elite player, and gave me an opportunity to play on teams with extremely talented players and experienced coaches.

Having the chance to give back to this club, as an intern, is something that peaked my interest because I can be that person to help give young soccer players lasting memories and have their love for soccer grow just as much as mine did when I was their age.

How do you think this internship will help you in the future?

I think this internship will help me in the future by opening doors for possible jobs that I am interested in. I have always said, "After I am done playing soccer, I want to coach it." The ability to teach younger players the beautiful game is something I have always wanted, and being an intern at NCFC Youth will give me a little more experience in doing that.

 

What was your favorite memory from when you played at NCFC Youth?

My all-time favorite memory was when my team and I traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to play in the Regional Championship for State Cup. We were in the Semi-Finals when I saved a last-minute penalty kick that would lead my team to the Championship game. That season, my team and I won Regionals and placed 3rd in Nationals. 

 

What is your favorite part about your internship?

My favorite part of this internship is all the different people i get to interact with. i am a really social/talkative person and I get to meet or talk to a new person everyday. Additionally, I am surrounded by soccer all day long. There's nothing better than that. I get to do things for a soccer club that i love and hangout with an awesome group of people everyday. To me, this is the best internship I could ever ask for!

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