The lead up to the Olympics has been difficult. With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the Games a full year, and some U.S. athletes disrespecting the flag during the National Anthem, it’s understandable that many Americans themselves less excited than usual ahead of the Summer Olympics.
And then there are stories that remind us why we tune in. Stories that give us a reason to to cheer for our athletes no matter what’s going on in our society.
Stories like that of Quanesha Burks’ keep us coming back.
Burks is a member of the U.S. Olympic team and heading to Tokyo as a long jumper hoping to bring home a medal and glory to her country.
But before her chance at glory, there were tough times and moments when the dream seemed out of reach.
Growing up in Hartselle, Alabama, Burks worked a job at McDonald’s in order to earn some money. But the money she earned didn’t go to her own bank account, it