U.S. Olympic wrestler and gold medal winner Tamyra Mensah-Stock recently shared that she will be using her Olympic winnings to help her mother achieve her dreams of opening a food truck.
Mensah-Stock, an outspoken Christian, won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling during this year's Tokyo Olympics.
Along with receiving a medal, U.S. gold medal winners receive a cash reward of $37,500, paid out by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, PEOPLE Magazine reports. The prize money is untaxed unless the Olympian has a gross income of over $1 million.
With the prize money, Mensah-Stock, 28, told PEOPLE that she would like to help her mother finally start her own food truck.
"She's always doing back-breaking work, and ... I've just seen her struggling ever since my dad died, and I don't like seeing it," Mensah-Stock told the outlet.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Mensah-Stock's father passed away in a car accident on his way home from one of the athlete's high school wrestling matches.
"I made a promise to her, and she loves cooking. It's just one of her passions," Mensah-Stock added, noting that she wants to support her mother in the same way her mother has supported her. "Growing up, we'd be like, 'Ooh, mommy, you put your back into this food. Like you literally put your foot in it,'" she shared.
As she got older, Mensah-Stock told her mother she would like to buy her a food truck so she could make her dreams a reality. "So how about I buy you a food truck, and you can be anywhere you want to be?" Mensah-Stock recalled asking her mom. "[My mom] was ecstatic. She's like, 'Yes, I would love that.' This is five years ago. And I just keep telling her, 'Just hold off, mommy, please just hold off.'"
Mensah-Stock said her mom is currently cooking and selling food on a portable grill, which Mensah-Stock admitted "is not exactly the best legal method."
So, to make good on the five-year promise, she plans to use her winnings to help her mom start "The Lady Bug" food truck.
"It is going to be pleasant. It's going to be legal. It's going to be fun," she says.
During the 2020 Olympics, Mensah-Stock became the second woman and first Black woman for team USA to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. She beat out Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu 4-1.
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