Please join South Mountain CrossFit in the First Annual “Shelly” WOD. We will be raising money for the Navy SEAL Foundation in honor of Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Eric “Shelly” Shellenberger, who died May 7, 2009 in a diving-related incident in the waters off Bremerton, Washington while conducting dive training with members of his team. Shelly was a native of Montgomery and Bucks counties.
To participate in the Shelly WOD, please sign up by May 20th at the URL below to reserve your limited edition t-shirt:
If you would like to a t-shirt but do not want to participate in the WOD, limited-edition commemorative t-shirts are on sale at the URL above for $25.
All proceeds from the Shelly Hero WOD will be donated in Eric’s memory to the Navy Seal Foundation, which provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
BBQ potluck to follow the workout, so be sure to bring your favorite cookout food to share at this fundraising event.
Monday May 27th
WOD starts at 9:00am
Please note: Check in starts at 7:45am and there will be an athlete briefing at 8:30am
BBQ Potluck to begin approximately at noon
South Mountain CrossFit
2129 28th St SW
Allentown, PA 18103
Eric F. “Shelly” Shellenberger enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1991 and served proudly as a Marine until 1999. In 2000, he enlisted in the Navy, and in 2001 graduated from BUDS Class 232.
A highly decorated operator, his awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device (2), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (4), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2), and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He was SDVT-1and Naval Special Warfare Group Three’s Sailor of the Year in 2007.
Outside of duties that involve going into the water, Eric completed seven combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, including deployments as an Assault Team Leader in Ramadi during the Sunni Awakening in 2006-2007, and a combat deployment as a Force Reconnaissance Marine to Somalia before transferring to the Navy. Shellenberger was also part of a team of SEALs tasked with the location and elimination of what was termed as “high value targets and terrorist leaders.”
At the time of his death, Chief Special Warfare Operator Eric Shellenberger was based in Pear City, Hawaii, assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One. This is the only team in the military that operates a mini-submarine that is used by the Navy for covert missions into enemy waters, such as intelligence operations and planting explosives on enemy ships. As part of this team, Shellenberger and his unit performed sensitive missions, the content of which remain classified. Eric Shellenberger leaves behind his fiancée, two brothers, his father, mother and stepfather. Admiral Edward Winters III, Commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command was quoted in the Morning Call, saying that Shellenberger’s loss was “heart-wrenching.”