Business Owner Donates Food Truck To Olympian Who Planned To Use Earnings To Fund Mom’s Business
The 28-year-old hopes that her victory will inspire young Black girls and show them that they are unstoppable.
August 05, 2021 at 1:07 am
Update (August 12, 2021): A business owner is turning Tamyra Mensah-Stock’s dreams into a reality after agreeing to donate a food truck to the Olympian who had plans to use her Olympic earnings to fund her mother’s business.
Cameron Davies, the owner of Cruising Kitchens, announced that he will donate a $250,000 food truck to the wrestler’s mother, ABC 13 reported.
A team at Cruising Kitchens, the biggest producer of mobile kitchens across the globe, will design and build a food truck for Mensah-Stock’s mom, Shonda Wells.
The gold medalist was awarded $37,000 for dominating the 68-kilogram freestyle event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and shared that she wanted to donate her money to Well’s BBQ food truck business, as Blavity previously reported.
The wrestler said she promised her mom five years ago that she would supply her with a food truck.
After being awarded her Olympics’ earnings, she warned her mom that she will have "to be responsible,” once she gets her mobile kitchen. To which her mom responded with gratitude and excitement now that her dream will finally come true.
During a zoom call between Davies and Mensah-Stock’s family this week, the Cruising Kitchens’ owner told the Olympian "It's time for you to take care of her, because she's been taking care of you.”
"Oh my God, I can't believe it," Wells said. "Thank you so much. This is a dream come true."
"I've been wanting this for her for so long," Mensah-Stock said. "I pretty much forgot about my dreams – just wanted hers to come true."
Original (August 4, 2021): Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history this week as the first Black woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal for the United States in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Associated Press reported.
The 28-year-old wrestler hopes that her Olympic victory will inspire young Black girls to go after their dreams.
“These young women are going to see themselves in a number of ways and they’re going to look up there and go, I can do that,” Mensah-Stock said. “I can see myself.”
The Texas native won gold after competing in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle final on Tuesday, NPR reported. Mensah-Stock is only the second woman and the first Black woman representing the U.S. who has been able to dominate in the Olympic event.
In 2016, American wrestler Helen Maroulis won the gold medal after competing in the 53-kilogram freestyle final, the Associated Press reported.
Mensah-Stock, whose father is from Ghana, said she was proud to compete against Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu, who also made history. The Nigerian wrestler won the silver medal, finishing behind Mensah-Stock to become the first wrestler in the West African country to be awarded a wrestling medal at the Olympics.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, look at us representing,'” Mensah-Stock said. “It’s so freaking awesome. You’re making history, I’m making history. We’re making history. So it means a lot.”
During questioning after the Olympic event, Mensah-Stock was asked if she was surprised by her victory, to which she responded, “of course.”
“…It’s by the grace of God, I’m even able to move my feet, like I just leave it in His hands and I pray that all the practice, that the hell my freaking coach has put me through pays off and every single time it does and I get better and better,” she said.
“It is so weird that there is no cap to the limit that I can do and I’m excited to see what I have next,” she continued.
Wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock after winning gold: "I love representing the U.S. I freaking love living there." pic.twitter.com/04JZ6BRobV
— Joe Kinsey (@JoeKinseyexp) August 3, 2021
Mensah-Stock’s wrestling career began in the 10th grade while attending Morton Ranch High School located in Harris County, Texas where she became one of the best wrestlers in the state, ABC 13 reported.
The gold medalist was awarded $37,000 for her win and said she plans to donate all of it to her mom’s BBQ food truck.
“I wanted to give my mom $30,000 to get a food truck. It’s her dream,” Mensah-Stock said. “I told her five years ago, ‘I’ll get your food truck, but you gotta be responsible.’ She’s like ‘Thank you, baby’…so my mom’s getting her food truck! She can cook, really really well.”