H-F goalie McClellan once met President Obama

2013-05-15T18:00:00Z 2014-06-27T23:00:26Z H-F goalie McClellan once met President ObamaMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com

Homewood-Flossmoor goalie Jakobi McClellan has been asked what his dad does for a living many times.

He loves to tell them. "My dad is a personal athletic trainer," McClellan said. They they usually ask for what company and if he has trained anyone famous.

McClellan usually responds: "The president."

When they come back with "President of what company?," He kind of smiles.

"The President of the United States. Barack Obama."

Cornell McClellan is President Obama's personal trainer.

Four years ago, Jakobi McClellan had a chance to travel to Washington for the Easter Egg Roll.

"We were in the Oval Office with my dad, looking around, and President Obama walks in," McClellan said. "I was in total awe. I couldn't believe I was in the same room with the President of the United States."

Not only was he in the same room, he got to shake Mr. Obama's hand.

"I will never forget that moment as long as I live," McClellan said. "Mrs. Obama was there and so were Sasha and Malia. He just came in, real laid back, and said to us, 'How's it going?' I was too awe-struck to say anything back."

He said his dad does make it home on weekends from Washington. It gives him a chance to see his son tend the net for the Vikings, who face Fenwick at 5:45 p.m. today in one quarterfinal of the state tournament at Stevenson High School.

McClellan set the program record for saves as a sophomore with 280, then broke it this year as he has 298.

Not bad for someone who just started playing goalie last year. He credits former H-F goalie and current assistant coach Neal Zoellick with helping him learn the position.

"He showed me how to defend the net," McClellan said. " This is a challenge, but I love playing goalie."

Zoellick said he saw that McClellan had the makings of a goalie.

"He is so athletic and he developed a real nose for the game right away," Zoellick said. "Combine that with his work ethic and his wanting to get better, and you have a guy who is going to be a plus to the team."

McClellan and his teammates will face a tough challenge against the Friars, but he said they have to be prepared.

"Going to state is great," McClellan said. "We want to go out and play our best."

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