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.

Light (at the end of the tunnel)

Next year around this time, we will be watching very closely, and wondering what players our coach and GM are targeting in the expansion draft. It is hard to believe after 13 seasons wandering in the soccer-less wilderness, that next year’s MLS season is the final one without a Philadelphia team. As we head toward a late November 2009 expansion draft, many of us are still wondering what our team brand will be. Will the colors be the Light Blue and Yellow of the Philadelphia city flag? Will the name be something traditional or something more in line with American sports traditions? Whatever makes up our brand, I think all Philadelphia fans are just hoping the powers that be “get it right”.

It has been a strange year for many of us. So excited to find out that we were getting the exact toy we wanted, only to find out that we couldn’t play with it for two years. Hopefully as the calendar turns, marketing and other news will start making it’s way into the media and we can start firing up the fans for the MLS Draft in January of 2010 and then our home opener on Seaport Drive somewhere in April of 2010.

Also, we’ve been working to enhance the SoB experience. You will see a more dynamic website and you should be preparing to join us in celebrating Founders Day on January 17, 2009.

Ad Finem Fidelis,

The Elders

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