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.

2015 Board Elections

We are pleased to announce that voting for the Sons of Ben 2015 Leadership Board is about to begin!

Voting will open at 8am on Friday, November 14th and conclude at 8pm on Friday, November 21st.

All paid members for 2014 will receive an email ballot from the website managing the balloting, BallotBoxOnline.com.  If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.  Voters will create a password, and then be able to vote for either 1 or 2 new Board members (no blank ballots, member bios are below).  The votes will be tabulated and three Poll Officers will have access to the results.  Those officers are SoB President Kenny Hanson, SoB Membership Director Monica Herzog, and SoB Membership/Feedback Coordinator Tim Sosar. The results will be announced shortly thereafter.

In the event of a tie, the Board officers who will not be voting in the general election will cast their votes to settle the tie in a Run Off election.  There will be seven non-general voting Board members, so as to ensure there is a final winner.  That vote will be held immediately after the conclusion of the general vote.

The ballot will be smart phone-friendly, so you will not need to be at a desktop to vote.  Reminder emails will be sent out to those who have not submitted a ballot by 12pm on Thursday, November 20th.

If there are any questions or problems during the voting process, please contact Tim Sosar at tim.sosar@sonsofben.com or by submitting a Feedback request through www.sonsofben.com/Feedback

Member Bios

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