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.

Philadelphia Union Staff to Play the Sons of Ben in the Inaugural ‘River Cup’

 

July 15 charity match to benefit Chester City United

 

Chester, Pa. (May 26, 2011) – Philadelphia Union’s staff will square off against the Sons of Ben, the team’s supporters club, in their inaugural River Cup charity match at PPL Park on July 15, the two organizations jointly announced today. The 6:30 p.m. game will benefit one of the Union’s community partners, Chester City United, with all proceeds going to the local youth soccer organization. “This is a fantastic opportunity to further our already deep commitment to the Chester community,” said Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “The close relationship we have with our fans and the Sons of Ben will yet again be put to good use as we raise some much needed funds for the local children of Chester City United. The Sons of Ben bring their heart and soul to every match, but now we’ll see how they perform when they themselves are between the white lines. It should be good fun but I have a feeling no one is playing to lose”. Ultimately we’re in this together to raise money for an organization doing great work right in our backyard.”

Fans supporting both teams will be able to purchase tickets for $10 apiece at PPL Park. Tickets will not be sold in advance. All money will then be donated to Chester City United, the City of Chester's own club soccer team. Consisting of various youth organizations, Chester City United is committed to bringing the beautiful game to life in Chester and providing a positive social outlet for the area’s youth.

"We're very excited to play in the inaugural River Cup with the Philadelphia Union staff,” said Matt Ansbro, Sons of Ben Vice President. “After all those matches testing our vocal cords at PPL Park, it’s now our turn to be out on the pitch, show our skills in front of the crowd, and prove to the Union we can pull out the win. What is more exciting, though, is that this game will give us another chance to give back to the Chester community, a tradition we’ve followed since the beginning and are thrilled to continue with this event.”

The Union and the Sons of Ben will work closely in the organization of the inaugural River Cup. The match will consist of two 30-minute halves, with penalty kicks immediately following in the event of a tie after regulation. The winning team will be presented with the inaugural River Cup trophy following the match. Additionally, a Man of the Match will be named. Further details, including rosters and coaches, will be released in the near future.

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