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.

Recognition from the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation

On Saturday, April 14th, the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation (WTYDF) honored the Sons of Ben as Unsung Heroes at Will’s Spring Fling, the Foundation’s annual fundraiser. The Sons of Ben were honored for their history of charitable and philanthropic efforts that date back to the organization’s founding in January 2007, and for their support of the City of Chester and its people.

The WTYDF is a non-profit organization that uses academic experiences, non-violence education, and soccer to assist in the development of at-risk youth. The organization was founded in honor of the late William H. Trippley, III, whose promising life was cut too short by gun violence. For more information about the WTYDF, please visit their website at www.wtydf.org.

Pictured left to right: Jessica Gusler, Matt Gendaszek, Ryan Bross, Mollie Suitch, Ashli Rice, Bill Gusler, Krystal Kane April 14th, 2018

Pictured left to right: Jessica Gusler, Matt Gendaszek, Ryan Bross, Mollie Suitch, Ashli Rice, Bill Gusler, Krystal Kane
April 14th, 2018

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