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.


Sep
19
11:30 am11:30

5th Annual River Cup

THE RIVER CUP RETURNS! The fifth annual River Cup will be played Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at PPL Park. The annual friendly match features Union front office and technical staff members against the Sons of Ben. Also, for the second consecutive year, the Delaware River Craft Brewfest will begin after the conclusion of the match at 3 p.m. Tickets for both events are available for purchase here or at the PPL Park Box Office.

Proceeds of the River Cup benefit the Philadelphia Union Foundation, including the Foundation’s partnerships with Big Brother / Big Sister of Pennsylvania and the continuation of two after school programs: Chester City United & Soccer For Success. The Philadelphia Union’s mission is to provide opportunities to children in Chester and the surrounding areas.

Aug
29
3:00 pm15:00

School Supply Drive

At the Union home match on August 29, the Union will be hosting a school supply drive to benefit the City Team and Chester-Upland School District. The Union will have a collection bin on the plaza during the pregame festivities, and the SoBs will have our own bin at our tailgate.
As an incentive for people to remember to bring in the supplies, there will be a raffle for anyone who brings in supplies from the list (see below) will be entered to win a prize from the Union (tbd). You cannot buy a raffle ticket for these items, you must bring in at least a bag of supplies. With it being “back to school” season, you can find great deals at office supply stores (Staples, Office Max, etc.), discount stores (5 Below, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, etc.) or even department stores (K-Mart, WalMart, etc.).
We also had members collect supplies at their office or stores (with management’s permission) and bring in the collection on the day of the match.


School Supplies Needed:

  • #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Notebooks
  • Calculators
  • Notecards
  • Construction Paper
  • Binders
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Crayons
  • (Please NO Scissors)
May
17
3:00 pm15:00

Eric Shertz Memorial Tailgate

  • PPL Park

Join us in celebration and memory of Eric Shertz as we tailgate to honor our brother.  As we did in 2014, we have invited DC United's supporters groups to join us. Get your tailgate tickets HERE

May
3
12:00 pm12:00

Northbrook Canoe Challenge

  • Northbrook Canoe Company

Benefiting the Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County. For registration information visit the events page website, call 610-524-5850, or contact Kimberly Sharpe. 

May
3
12:00 pm12:00

First Responders Cup

  • Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast C.H.S.

Mike LaHoud’s “Building Dreams with Mike Foundation” is partnering with Upper Darby Futbol Club to collect new or gently used soccer equipment for the Schools for Salone project.

© copyright 2014, Sons of Ben.  Main image by Earl Gardner.