Quanesha Burks went from working at McDonald’s to representing the United States at the Olympic Games, according to The Daily Wire.
“When I worked at McDonald’s, I thought it was the best job ever,” Burks said.
“I was making $100 every two weeks. It’s terrible, but I came to work every day happy and I knew it was all part of my goal to go to college.”
“I remember looking up the requirements to earn a full scholarship and I wrote those goals down,” Burks stated.
“I jumped 20 feet and that’s when everything changed.”
“Coach Pate actually had to sit me down with my high school coach, Kenny Lopez, and guidance counselor so I could understand how my life was going to change and I wouldn’t need to work at McDonald’s.”
“It felt like all the odds were against me,” Burks stated.
“At one point, my coach told me, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to physically be able to go to the trials.”
“The doctors didn’t know if I would be back in time. I was seeing some specialists and they didn’t have much hope in me at all.”
“I was facing so much, but I kept going back to when I worked at McDonald’s. I had my goals set and I knew I could do it.”
“It’s a blessing to be like one from my hometown in a small community, really just representing myself, but Hartselle, the University of Alabama and the state of Alabama.”
“Knowing that I’m representing us in Tokyo is just a blessing, it’s an honor and I’m so proud of the other Olympians.”
From The Daily Wire:
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 went towards paying off her grandmother’s car insurance.
Burks and her siblings were raised by their grandmother, living paycheck to paycheck. After waking up at 4:30 a.m. to drive her grandmother to her job at a nursing home, getting her sisters ready for school, and attending classes and practice, Burks would show up for her shift at the fast food chain.
She would work the 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift on the weekdays, and the early shift on the weekends.
Burks took up high school athletics when she noticed the potential for earning a college scholarship. After placing third at the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympics, she dedicated herself to the sport.
Burks would go on to win 11 state titles, including ones in the long jump, triple jump sweep, and the 100 meters. All while maintaining her job at Mcdonald’s.
University of Alabama track and field coach Miguel Pate recruited her hard, going so far as making calls to Burks as she worked the drive-thru.