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.

Introducing the Southeastern PA Soccer Hall of Fame

SEPA_HOF_Logo_FINAL_Royal_blue_whitebkgrd_flatIn an effort to preserve our storied soccer history and to better serve the soccer community in the future, The Philadelphia Oldtimers Soccer Association is moving in a new direction and will now be known as The Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame. THE SEPA Soccer Hall will be at the Sons of Ben tent immediately following Groundbreaking and is having a Meet and Greet WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008 from 7:00 TO 9:00 PM at RANDI’S BAR AND RESTAURANT, 1619 GRANT AVENUE (GRANT PLAZA II, GRANT AVE. WEST OF BUSTLETON AVE) PHILADELPHIA, PA 19115. Please stop in any time between 7 & 9, meet the members of the SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame and new officers, and find out how you can become a part of this new movement. Commemorative T-shirts will be given to early registrants. Refreshments will be served.

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