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.

Remembering Project 60

sobsmalldg4In the beginning of 2007, when we were just getting this thing started. The elders met one night and we discussed what membership goals would be realistic. We hoped that we could get 2 members a day and that this along with some volunteering and good press would lead to some heightened awareness of our existence at League HQ. Our goal was to land a team in time for the 2009 season, though we wouldn’t be bold enough to say that aloud. So Project 60 was born. Why 60? Two reasons, first 2 members a day equals 60 a month. Second, turn 60 upside down, and it is 09, the year we wanted to start. It took us 6 months to reach that level of membership, reaching 360 members on July 11th. Then remarkably, 13 months after we started, and many efforts later, we were awarded a team to start in 2010.

Thanks to all the believers who signed up, especially those who have come out to events and have made Sons of Ben what it is today.

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