Ellington had the unique ability to parlay his success in the ring into a prominent position as an administrator for the sport of boxing. Fighting as an amateur from 1936-1941, Ellington earned the 1938 AAU North Carolina Boxing Championship in the 126-pound class. After hanging up his gloves, he served as president of the AAU boxing committee representing North and South Carolina for 42 years. He served as a committeeman for the XXVII CISM Boxing Championships in 1975. Highlighting a brilliant career as a sports administrator, Ellington served on the United States Olympic Boxing Team as a committeeman for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He was inducted into the United States Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980.