“I meet a lot of people through sports,” Miranda explains. The 17-year-old junior plays volleyball, basketball, and tennis at Mandan High School. But her favorite extra curricular activity is Young Life, something that has absolutely nothing to do with sports.
“Young Life makes me a happier person,” says Miranda.
Young Life is a non-denominational teen youth group that Miranda says has helped her
grow in her faith and see others in a different light.
“I know a lot of people from sports, but Young Life has helped me realize that who they are on the court is usually totally different than who they are in real life,” she explains. “Sometimes people who are the most competitive on the court turn out to be the nicest people in real life. I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know some of my competitors off the court.”
Young Life meetings are held every other Monday night for teens in Bismarck and Mandan. As a busy student athlete, Miranda can’t always make those meetings, but she makes it a priority to attend as many as possible. In the summer, Miranda schedules her other summer activities around the week-long Young Life camp.
“Camp changes you. Literally. They take your phones away, but that’s ok. It forces you to talk to others and really enjoy their company,” she explains. “It’s made me a better person and I’ve met people who have the same beliefs, values, and morals as I do. It’s made me stronger in my faith.”
For more information on Young Life in Bismarck and Mandan, visit http://bismarck.younglife.org/ and follow them on Twitter: @BisManYL.