LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Texas A&M softball incoming freshman Brittany Clopton was one of the nation's top 30 players chosen to play in the ESPN RISE Under Armour All-America Softball Game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Tuesday.
The RISE Games events began Sunday with roundtable discussions on leadership character traits, led by professional softball players and corporate sponsors. The rising college freshmen will participate in an Orlando community outreach program today before ending their time in Florida with the All-America Game, to be played Tuesday at 3 p.m. CST. The game will be aired on ESPNU on Saturday at 6 p.m. CST.
Clopton, who signed with the Aggies in November, is a three-time TGCA 4A All-State and 18-4A Academic All-District selection. The Montgomery, Texas, native was named the 18-4A District Newcomer of the Year and the All-County Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2008. Clopton plays for the Impact Gold travel team, which she led to a runner-up finish at the ESPN/Premier National Championship and a fourth-place finish at the ASA Gold National Championship in 2010.
"Brittany has tremendous speed and is a very dynamic player," Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans said. "Brittany is a game-changer and a threat to steal at any time. She has great range in the outfield and always plays the game aggressively."
Clopton will join the A&M softball team this fall and is immediately eligible for play. The Aggies finished the 2011 season at the Tempe Super Regional and were ranked No. 13 in the final polls.