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.

The Sons of Ben in: “Zolo: From Dream to Team”

"Zolo: From Dream to Team" is the story of The Sons of Ben and their quest for a Major League Soccer team for the City of Philadelphia. Beginning in 2007 and "Here before the Team", the Sons of Ben made themselves and their mission known to the decision-makers who would bring an MLS team to Philly - the MLS organization, political leaders at the local, county, and state levels, and the investors. Zolo is a tribute to all those who worked tirelessly towards the common goal of bringing a team and a new stadium to Philadelphia and Chester.

Zolo highlights key events throughout the 3-year journey of the SoBs - from "Kick Start Chester" in January 2008 through the Announcement Day (February 2008) and The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new stadium in Chester (December 2008), to "Meet the Manager, Peter Novak" (May 2009) and "Meet the Team" (December 2009).

An essential part of the story is the construction of the stadium itself. Zolo combines key elements of the stadium construction process with the SoB events, all in chronological order. The Sons of Ben and Philadelephia Union fans will celebrate their team and their new ppl park at the first game to be played there on June 27, 2010 ("zolo").

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