MVP: Shiloh Ellis

As the first athlete registered for the 2017 State Games of America, Shiloh Ellis has been sharing his excitement on Instagram since September. As our MVP from the beginning, Shiloh has been avidly posting videos and pictures showing his skills and preparing for the Games. Shiloh knows that along with training hard, eating healthy is an important factor in being a successful athlete. You can check out photos on Instagram of some his favorite healthy meals, which include Salmon and striped Bass, Chicken, and Taquitos. Being an 11-year-old weightlifter is impressive, but even more impressive is all he has accomplished outside the gym. 

Initially, at the age of 7 Shiloh was only involved with CrossFit. While training at the gym, he started to watch the weightlifters. From there he had a desire to try it; he enjoyed it and now continues to lift. He currently maintains a schedule of doing both weightlifting and CrossFit three times a week. Trying out weightlifting has paid off; Shiloh has competed at Youth Nationals in 2015 & 2016 and earned 3 silver medals already.

His favorite part of weightlifting is going to competitions due to the bursts of adrenaline and energy he gets competing. He also enjoys getting to see and spend time with his friends at competitions. Along with having perks, weightlifting also has challenges for Shiloh. The biggest challenge for him is that the rules for lifts are much different than those for CrossFit. Balancing these two sports and having to remember specifics for each can be tough at times.

His Instagram and awards prove Shiloh is physically strong, however his character is stronger. This is shown with his involvement in fundraising for Kettlebells 4 Kids. The organization raises money and awareness for homeless children nationwide. In 2015, when Shiloh was 9 years old, he met the organizers from Kettlebells 4 Kids and got to talk with them about their organization. He found out that the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old and immediately knew he wanted to help. Shiloh’s father has supported his mission to help homeless children. The two of them have traveled to 14 different states, talking with people at more than 200 CrossFit gyms. Shiloh has raised over $20,000 to help homeless kids and was the top fundraiser 2 years in a row.

It is evident Shiloh gets a lot his strength and character from his supporter parents and two older brother. Shiloh’s older brother, Troy, is currently serving in the Marines and is Shiloh's hero. Shiloh enjoys writing letters and sending care packages to troops overseas.

Despite his busy schedule of weightlifting and CrossFit, Shiloh still finds time for other hobbies including reading, baseball, riding horses, collecting challenge coins, building Legos and attending Church and Sunday School. He shared with us that his singlet has his favorite Bible quote on it, which is, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.

Shiloh will be competing at the 2017 State Games of America this summer. He said he is excited for, “The atmosphere and experience of the Opening Ceremony, also I have never been to Michigan.” 


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