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.

Ami Rivera to be Next SoB President

It's been a crazy 3 years with the Sons of Ben. From tailgates, to VP I've gotten to work with some incredible people who live and breathe this supporters culture.

When Kenny announced he was stepping down, many wrote how the incumbent would have very large shoes to fill. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. So it is with pride, excitement, and some nervousness I announce I will be filling those shoes effective Jan 1, 2016.

Kenny has taken us on a path to secure a future for this org. Now I, and the Board have the task of delivering on the mission and purpose of the Sons of Ben. 
It's a task we are ready to deliver on this season and I invite you to be a part of it. 
We have a lot of plans for this upcoming season and I can't f*cking wait till it starts! 
For those who know me, my "door" is always open. For those who don't know me well, I invite you to.

Ami Rivera

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