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.

An introduction to the new web developer

Hey everyone!
My name is Ryan and I am here to help take over a lot of the website work from Jon as he moves on to his new SoB and Phang-related projects in 2019. I wanted to drop a quick post to let you know how to get a hold of me while I learn the ins and outs of things on here. I’ve been a programmer/developer for over 20 years and I’m looking to help use some of that experience to make things easier for everyone. You can find me in person at tailgates or in the River End, but if you need to reach me, your fastest option is to tweet me at @SenseiHitokiri or email me at senseihitokiri@gmail.com. Yes, it’s a weird name. Yes, I made it when I was young. The U now have players that are younger than my screen name. All that aside, I will be taking some time over the next few weeks going through this site and updating things for the upcoming season. If you come across something inaccurate or have an idea for a new feature that would help you find some more value in our site, don’t hesitate to reach out! I spend more hours at a computer than anyone has deemed healthy so I should see it pretty quickly.

Take care, stay tuned, and cheers to a great season!

- Ryan

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