Eli is the Programme Director of the Sport and Development Project at Brown University, which aims to advance the growing field of sport and social change. The project works with academic and community partners to better understand how sport can be utilised to improve the human condition on a local and global scale. Eli also serves as the Director of Inclusive Sport for the Institute for Human Centered Design, and the Director of SportsCorps for the Fitzgerald Youth Sports Institute.
From 2001 to 2010, Eli was the Manager of Research and Advocacy at the Centre for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. From 2004 to 2006, Eli led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Eli was the recipient of the inaugural 2001 Nike Casey Martin Award honouring people with disabilities who have made a difference in sports. In 2009, he received the Heroes Among Us recognition from the Boston Celtics. In 2011, Eli was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the New England Wheelchair Athletic Association.
Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University, where he was a student-athlete.