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.

A Word From Kelly Christine Delaney- Travel Director, Sons of Ben

Elections for a few new openings on the Sons of Ben board are coming up toward the later part of this year.  We will be sending out information over the next month or so to give everyone interested in running an opportunity to do so.  This week is "A Word From Kelly Christine Delaney" who gives you an insight as to her experience as member of the Sons of Ben board. 

For the past four years I have been a member of the Sons of Ben board and it's been a crazy but rewarding ride. As a board member I've organized various events from supporter events at the MLS AllStar game to Help Kick Hunger. My main responsibility is taking care of away trips. It seems pretty simple, but the logistics involved can keep me pretty busy throughout the year. Despite there being an off season, there isn't an off season for supporters groups and their leadership. There's always work to be done. But for all the work I have accomplished, there is nothing that has been done without the support of my fellow board members. I look back on some of the crazier events from Red Bull away in 2011 to the 2014 draft and the amount of support I've received has made all the difference. It's not easy to run these trips/events. I have to go into them understanding that the priority is ensuring everyone has a good time while acknowledging that I may be sacrificing my own good time for the greater good. My end result is always my focus as I plan and execute an away trip: growing the game. While I can't ensure that the team has a good game or comes home with three points, I can ensure that they enjoyed the food, received instructions to make sure the itinerary for the day makes sense and that people can have a great time with their friends and family. If they enjoy themselves regardless of the result, my hopes is next time they will bring a friend and the word will continue to spread of the awesome things we do as a group. There's nothing more rewarding to me than hearing that a crazy trip to RFK led to a membership or a new volunteer. We can only hope to improve if we all take an active part in improving. The things we do are never an act of one, it's always all in.
Ad finem fidelis.

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