Sons of Ben

The Sons of Ben is a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania based non-profit, membership organization.

The Sons of Ben, founded in January 2007, exists to support and develop the Delaware Valley soccer community. Through active, grassroots support, the Sons of Ben helped establish the momentum leading to the creation of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. In forging a relationship with Chester City, Delaware County and Pennsylvania State political leaders along with Major League Soccer, the vocal support of the group directly influenced the decision to award Philadelphia with an MLS franchise.

The Sons of Ben have provided a social outlet for soccer supporters to share common interests and be part of a larger community of sports fans in the 4th largest American media market. The organization has grown to include over 5,000 members throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and around the world. The Sons of Ben have also grown to oversee the Delaware Valley Infantry, a US Soccer supporters group based in Philadelphia region, and the Daughters of Betsy, a Philadelphia Independence (WPS) supporters group.
Charitable and philanthropic efforts have been central to the Sons of Ben since its founding, as evidenced by annual initiatives supporting the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA through its Help Kick Hunger campaign and ongoing efforts to support various other organizations close to the Delaware Valley soccer community.

The coming months will start a new chapter in the organizations noteworthy story with many historical events marking the arrival of the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Independence and the Sons of Ben into the national spotlight.

Latest SoB News

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SoB Supporters Summit Recap

The Sons of ben held the 3rd Supporter's Summit at the Field House in Center City on August 13th.  On hand were members of the Leadership Board and over two dozen members.

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Sons of Ben 2015 Board Elections

For the first time, the Sons of Ben will have open elections.   It has been decided that we will open (2) new seats. 

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Bark Tees are the official retailer for all Sons of Ben merchandise. Known for their unique apparel that provides commentary on the Philadelphia psyche, Bark Tees originally started as just an idea between 2 friends tailgating before a Phish concert. Launched as a website in the summer of 2009, the company has since evolved into a multi-functioning business that offers many different products and services. Additions have included a physical store in Haddon Township NJ, a wholesale department that sells to numerous stores in the Philadelphia area, a custom printing and embroidery department, a fund-raising program designed for organizations and groups, and finally shipping and marketing services for a large range of businesses. 

© copyright 2014, Sons of Ben.  Main image by Earl Gardner.