Betty F. Jaynes Internship Program
Meet the Class of 2017
Convention Logistics Intern
Jaclissa Haislip was born in Lewisburg, Tennessee, but spent most of her childhood in Murfreesboro Tennessee. Jaclissa began her collegiate career at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she played basketball and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). She transferred and finished her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) in 2014, earning a degree in sports management with a minor in business administration. Later, she completed her basketball eligibility at Union University and earned her masters of business administration along the way.
Jaclissa comes to the WBCA with a wealth of experience in the athletics world. While at the University of Tennessee, she assisted with gameday event management for sporting events and was a student worker for the women’s basketball team. In her most recent role, she served as middle school junior varsity/varsity assistant coach for girls’ basketball at St. Joseph School in Knoxville.
Jaclissa’s passion for the game of women’s basketball and love for event operations is what drew her to this position. While at the WBCA, Jaclissa hopes to gain knowledge to help her reach her goal of working in a sport she’s passionate about. She couldn’t be more excited to be with the WBCA to learn and obtain valuable experience for her career.
Awards and Special Projects Intern
Asia Thompson was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a graduate student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she will receive her master's degree in sport administration in December. As an undergraduate student at Methodist University, she double-majored in athletic training and applied exercise science with hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy. After working in the hospital and rehabilitation settings, Asia’s focus and interests shifted from physical therapy back to athletics — specifically, athletic administration.
While In college, Asia took an active role in her university’s athletic department. She was named a student athletic trainer and spent time assisting athletes and teams in injury prevention, practice and gameday preparation and rehabilitation. Asia also served in the capacity of team manager and athletic event specialist. Asia continued her work in athletics in graduate school by interning with the Greensboro Sports Commission where a large part of her duties were centered around helping to secure athletic events for the city and analyzing the economic impact sports had on the area. She also spent time volunteering for the Atlantic Coast Conference in their championships division. In addition to her volunteer work with the ACC, Asia was an ACC football gameday operations center intern for the 2016 football season before joining the WBCA in November.
Working with the WBCA is a true privilege for Asia. Being a former player ignited her passion to be an activist for growth and development in the game of women’s basketball. She would love to see the fan base broaden and have the women’s game receive more recognition across the board. Asia hopes to continue her pursuit of a career in athletics at the collegiate level. She wishes to work in either a university athletic department as a director of basketball operations/director of player development or at a conference office in the football, men’s/women’s basketball or championships divisions.