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.

SoB Game Day Committees

The Sons of Ben have established a pair of committees, Events and Game Day. They will include SoB members who won't just be volunteers, they will have active roles in both what the committees do, and how they do it.

The Events Committee will handle tailgates, road trips and special events. The Game Day Committee will include tifo and capos. Both committees will work closely with the Board to continue our ongoing Anniversary celebration and develop new ideas and possible traditions that we hope will carry us into another 10 years.

By being involved in a Committee, a member will meet regularly with the Directors for planning, be available to participate in the activities planned, have individual responsibilities assigned to them, and have a voice in how the committees get things done. Again, they would not simply be volunteering or "helping out", they would have a formal, ongoing and active role in the operations of the Sons of Ben.

We are very pleased to announce the members of each committee:

Events: Meg Torpey, Heather Reppert, David Peart, Jessica Gusler, Sid MacLeod and Frankie Sorrentino

Game Day: Trevor Machinia, Rob Migliaccio, Kenny Hanson, Erick Jusino, Paul Ethridge and Mike Petrocelli

We hope that by adding these committees, we will be expanding the sphere on influence in the group, increase opportunities for involvement, and make the Sons of Ben as great a group as it possibly can be."

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