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 Campaign Kicks Off

Dear Sons of Ben, Please begin collecting canned foods and monetary donations as we prepare our second annual donation to the Bernardine Center in Chester. The Center serves the needy about a mile away from our stadium.

In 2007, we raised $1,500 AND 561 pounds of food for the Bernardine Center whose stated goal is “We provide a helping hand to low-income Chester residents by distributing emergency or supplemental food and supplies. We also offer educational, spiritual and advocacy programs to help clients build better lives for themselves, their families and communities.” We discovered the good work the Center does by partnering with the mayor’s office to find a cause to support.

Mayor Wendell Butler and his Chief of Staff, Thomas Moore, pointed us to the Bernardine Center. “Opened as an Emergency Food Cupboard, the Center designed the model Super Cupboard program in 1987. This program seeks to break the cycle of poverty and dependence for low-income mothers by providing weekly sessions that include nutrition education and life skills workshops. The Super Cupboard model has been copied extensively throughout Pennsylvania.”

As you can see by donating cash and/or canned goods, you help make lives better in our new home city. Please contribute in whatever way you can.

We are also planning two special collection dates for this year’s drive. The second is November 23rd at a MLS Cup Viewing Party at Philadelphia’s Dark Horse Tavern. The first, chronologically, will be announced soon. Nudge, nudge.

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