Simeon All Access | Parker meets Michelle Obama, speaks to youth during busy week

Simeon's Jabari Parker spoke at an event promoting first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign Thursday at McCormick Place.

The senior forward addressed Chicago Public Schools students about staying healthy in a morning session. He then joined his mother, Lola Parker, and Simeon coach Robert Smith to watch a physical fitness rally for the students that featured Obama and several professional athletes, including Serena Williams, Bo Jackson and Colin Kaepernick.

"I told them about my experience, my background and what it took to get to where I am," Parker said. "I also focused on nutrition and what health is in everyday life."

Parker called the talk "a good experience" and said he met Obama, a Young graduate, at the event.

"She's almost like everyday people," Parker said. "She wasn't trying to big-time anybody. She was really cool, down to earth."

Simeon, which began the Class 4A playoffs Tuesday with a regional semifinal victory over Mount Carmel, has had its share of promotional events in the last week.

Several players gathered at a South Side McDonald's on Wednesday to honor Parker, Kendrick Nunn and Russell Woods for their McDonald's All-American nominations. Only Parker was named to the final team.

The trio signed T-shirts and took pictures for players on the Marquette Small Fry team, which is coached by the McDonald's owner, Derrick Taylor.

"I feel real good because I'm able to come in here, and a lot of kids know my name," Woods said. "It makes me feel good that there are a lot of people out there showing me love."

On Friday, Simeon gathered at a South Side Chili's to honor Nunn, who donated his USA Basketball jersey to hang on the restaurant's wall.

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