Kimberly Hankerson was born August 6, 1978, in Tallahassee, Florida to Nelson and Linda Browning. She attended Dover Shores and Shenandoah Elementary Schools, Conway Middle School and Boone High School, graduating from Boone in 1996.
Kimberly began playing slow pitch little league softball in the Conway area at the age of 10. Although she had never played before, coaches soon recognized that she had a natural talent for the sport. She played infield positions until her traveling team coach moved her to the pitcher position during a tournament. Kimberly continued to play league ball throughout her high school years.
As a freshman at Boone, Kimberly earned a position on the varsity softball team. Kimberly was recognized as a defensive threat to opposing teams at her third base position and an offensive threat for her hitting power. She was team captain her junior year. During her years at Boone, she was among the Orange County leaders in doubles, triples, homeruns, and rbi’s, and was selected for the First Team All-County and All-Metro teams.
In addition to softball, Kimberly also played volleyball and was selected for the First Team All-County. She was also a member of the track team, and held school and county records for the shotput and discus.
Kimberly was a member of the National Honor Society, and received the Boone High School 1996 Scholar Athlete Award.
After graduation from Boone, Kimberly was highly sought after by several NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 schools: Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, Rollins College, and Bethune Cookman College (now Bethune Cookman University). She opted to attend her father, Nelson’s, alma mater and accepted an athletic scholarship to play softball with the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers. She finished her career with three All-MEAC notices and a .351 batting average. She owns FAMU career highs in rbi’s (181), walks drawn (86), and was second all time in doubles (45), homeruns (28), base hits (252), and runs scored (181). In 1997 Kimberly led her team to the MEAC title and was the MEAC tournament MVP. In 1998 and 1999 the team, led by Browning (Hankerson), won consecutive MEAC titles. Kimberly was inducted into the Florida A&M University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Kimberly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida A&M University in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently employed with Orange County Public Schools as an Assistant Principal at Riverside Elementary School. She resides in Apopka, and has one son, 10-year old Carter Von Hankerson.