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.

A Word From SoB President Kenny Hanson

 

 

Dear Friends and Sons of Ben Membership -

Over the last 3 years I have had the honor serving as the President of the Sons of Ben and the Executive Board.  It has been a wild ride to say the least.  We have experienced some really exciting times along with a number of heartbreaks, but we have all done so together in The River End and throughout the rest of the stadium.  I have had the opportunity to meet and work with a number a great people in my time with the Sons of Ben.

By now, most of you know about all the changes happening within the Philadelphia Union's organization.  I feel that the future leader(s) of the Sons of Ben should be the ones to build and structure that relationship.  I also feel 3 years is a long time to be in this role.  It's time for a change.  Effective at the end of this calendar year, December 31st, 2015 I will be resigning as the President of the Sons of Ben and the Executive Board. 

My goal when I accepted this role was to leave this organization in a better place than when I started.  I hope I have done that.  It has been my privilege to serve you.  My last event as the President of the Sons of Ben will be Help Kick Hunger on December 5th.  I look forward to seeing all of you then so I can thank you in person.  You will also be able to find me in TRE in 2016!

I want to thank my friends, the current and previous Sons of Ben board members, all of our volunteers, the players and coaches of the Philadelphia Union and even the Philadelphia Union's Front Office (they aren't the assholes many of you think they are).  Most of all, I want to thank the members of this organization.  Without YOU, none of this works.  I also want to thank my wife, Amy.  She was with me through all of the ups and downs the Sons of Ben have experienced over the last 3 years.  On many occasions she kept me level headed and sane during periods of time I found to be extremely challenging.  Thank you for all your support, especially through the difficult times.

Ad Finem Fidelis,

Kenny Hanson

 

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