Betty F. Jaynes Internship Program
Meet the Class of 2019
William Hall was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. He began his collegiate career at Mississippi State University and graduated in December 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Miami pursuing a masters degree in Sport Administration.
While attending Mississippi State, Hall worked with the Bulldogs’ athletic department, being involved with all sports. During his three-year tenure, he gained experience in collegiate sports marketing and gameday fan experiences. In his senior year, he joined the communications staff as a student worker, discovering his passion for sports media and information.
Halls’s goal is to work as a sports information director in collegiate sports or media relations in professional sports. He joins the WBCA confident that he will gain valuable knowledge to successfully move forward with a career in sports.
Digital Media and Special Projects Intern
India Timpton took her first breaths in the historic city of New Orleans, Louisiana, where her love for sports first sprouted within the black and gold roots of the Saints. As she continued to grow, Timpton developed a love for basketball. The hard work put in on and off the court helped her to earn an athletic-scholarship to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She became a three-year team captain of the Spartans and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology.
With no desire to let the game of basketball exit her life, Timpton headed up to New York. She enrolled in the masters program at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Interning with both Syracuse’s athletic communications department and ESPN Radio: 1280 The Ticket, she learned a variety of skills that would help prepare her to one day be a basketball color analyst.
Timpton believes her time working with the WBCA in a variety of departments will not only increase her love for the game but her knowledge of it. One of the highlights will surely be her involvement in coordinating the “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. She is eager to give back to the game of women’s basketball that continues to give so much to her.
Convention Logistics Intern
Katie Wilkins began her collegiate career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her four years there, she worked as the head student manager for Nebraska women’s basketball, traveling both nationally and internationally with the team. While in Lincoln, she also volunteered as a teammates mentor and worked with an after school leadership program. In addition to her work with young women, Wilkins also assisted a start-up women’s empowerment group where she organized social media activity and monthly speakers for events. In May of 2016, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and minors in Psychology and Leadership.
After graduating, the Nebraska native moved to Zambia in southern Africa to serve as an athletic director and educational administrator for the Rafiki Foundation. For two years, she organized quarterly sports camps during school breaks and assisted in weekend competitions for more than 75 children. During the school term, she single-handedly oversaw Rafiki’s largest teacher training program on the African continent. In addition to her responsibilities in Zambia, she volunteered her time to develop curriculum for a U.S. nonprofit, which sends collegiate student managers on summer mission trips to Africa.
Wilkins returned to the United States to join the WBCA and pursue a coaching career. She has a passion for women’s basketball, is dedicated to the mission and goals of the WBCA and is eager to fulfill her role in continuing to grow the game at all levels. Basketball has allowed Wilkins the opportunity to grow as a leader and invest in women and girls' around the globe. Her love of basketball and desire to continue to learn from the top leaders in the game, led her to this position at the WBCA. Wilkins believes that this experience at the WBCA will prove invaluable as she pursues her goal to coach collegiate women’s basketball.