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.

Help Kick Hunger in Chester

The Sons of Ben came together to donate a total of 561 pounds of food and $1,500 in cash to the Bernadine Center in Chester, PA. The Honorable Wendell N. Butler Jr., Mayor of Chester, was on hand for the presentation. The Bernadine Center is experiencing a shortage of food this holiday season and we are proud to help them try and attain their goals. We hope this is the first step in a long-term relationship in our efforts to do more for Chester then simply coming down on game day. If you wish to make a donation, please visit their website: The Bernardine Center

After the presentation we were taken on a tour of the waterfront area, including the brand-new riverwalk. Everyone agreed that the stadium location is going to be amazing. Here are a couple of pictures of the tour:

Us on the riverwalk. The stadium will be where the trees are to the left.

The future view of the bridge from the stadium.

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