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.

'Stache Bash

The ‘Stache Bash is our first fundraiser of the season, held at our home opener tailgate. Through ticket sales and raffles, we build on the excitement of the season home opener to raise money for a great cause.

This event supports the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania’s Unified Soccer program, which gives an opportunity for athletes without intellectual disabilities to play on a soccer team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. This is a great program that leads to lasting friendships both on and off the field for participants, and helps Special Olympics athletes get more involved in their community.

For more information about the Unified Soccer program, please see here:

Get details on 2019’s event here

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Pints Fur Pets

Pints Fur Pets is an all-ages event that benefits two local animal shelters, ACCT Philadelphia and the Providence Animal Center in Media, PA. Philadelphia Union players serve as guest bartenders for the event, where we also have food and drink specials, raffles, door prizes, and more!

For more information about ACCT Philadelphia, please see here: . For more information about the Providence Animal Center, please see here:

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Help Kick Hunger

Help Kick Hunger (HKH) is our largest fundraising event of the year. Through a silent auction, raffles, ticket sales, and a 50/50 drawing, we are able to raise thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of food each year to support the Bernardine Center and their critically-needed programs. In past years, we’ve auctioned off signed Philadelphia Union gear, as well as cool memorabilia from Talen Energy Stadium.

For more information about the Bernardine Center, please see here:

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Sons of Ben Cornhole Tournament

The Sons of Ben are pleased to announce a new philanthropic event for the summer of 2018: a cornhole tournament to benefit the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation! The tournament will be held over several tailgates, with both a team and a singles division. Winners will split the pot with the WTYDF.

More information will be available soon! For more information about the WTYDF, please see here:

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St. Baldrick's Foundation

For the past 5+ years, Team SoB, led by captains Jeffrey and Benjamin Mitchell, has participated in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser to support childhood cancer research. Team members work hard to solicit donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and commit to shaving their heads in return. The team has raised over $27,000 so far and is always open to new participants!

If you’d like more information on how to donate or how to get involved in 2019, head on over to the team’s page that can be found here:

March 24, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gatsby’s Bar & Grill
4936 Pennell Rd, Aston, PA

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Yards Brewing Sons of Ben Beer

Yards Brewing Company created a special beer in honor of Sons of Ben. In honor of the launch of the Rowdy Pale Ale, Yards gave the Sons of Ben $1,000 to donate to the charity of our choosing. Our members voted to direct the donation to the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation, an organization that works with at-risk youth in Chester, providing access to after-school education programs, soccer training and camps, scholarships, and more.

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