The Adventist Athletics Club was formed at the end of 2012 by a number of Seventh-day Adventists who were running for different clubs in Gauteng. The club was registered in 2013. The vision of the founder members was to get Adventists to embrace a healthy lifestyle by being physically active. In addition to that, the founders wanted to share the good news of the soon coming King hence the Maranatha inscription in the vests.
Adventist Athletics Club is a health and fitness Club formed to champion healthy and responsible living initiatives within and outside the Adventist Church community at large, our tag line being “Fitness for Witnessing” and our goal is to be Physically, Mentally and Spiritually fit!
That a healthy and responsible lifestyle free from narcotics prevents people from lifestyle diseases, the health message is the right arm of the gospel and as 3 John 1:2 says Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. Physical exercise and a healthy diet are key to achieving good health and the club is instrumental in assisting members to adhere to a healthy lifestyle.
As the club is represented in over 4 continents and different countries, it affords the members to have meaningful and fulfilling fellowships with each other. This includes major worship events such as the Comrades Sabbath , Soweto sabbath and many more. There is a designated Chaplain in every region that works on the spiritual nourishment of the members and they can reach out to each other for such support.
The club has identified an Elite Runners initiative that identifies talent and grows it within the club to a point where the athletes can be fully sustained through their athletic endeavours. Some of the athletes come from people outside the mainstream Adventist faith and they find a home at the club and soon they enrol in the baptismal programes. With this band of gifted runners the club is able to compete at the highest level and this becomes a key element of witnessing.
The club’s motto is fitness for witnessing – this is seen in the message of the vest that says “Jesus is coming again”, as runners take to the streets to run, this messages reverberates through the running streets across the globe and reaches fellow athletes as they participate in races. The Club also does book distribution at major races to reach across to runners.