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.

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Stache Bash / Home Opener Tailgate

  • Talen Energy Stadium 1 Stadium Dr Chester, PA 19013 United States (map)

It’s time to kick things off once again and the only way we know how is with the ‘Stache Bash! Every year we host a fundraiser to benefit the Unified Soccer Program of Special Olympics of PA-Philadelphia at the home opener tailgate complete with food, drink, raffles, mustaches (both real and fake), and much more AT NO ADDITIONAL COST!

The same ticket gets you into the tailgate, gets you food and drink, and makes you a part of the breakfast club. I say that because this year the home opener is at 1:00pm, so we’ll be starting early at 9:00am. Why would you wake up that early if we weren’t going to promise you all you can eat breakfast foods with an omelette station? You wouldn’t and nor would I, so we’re not letting that be the case. Come Ron Swanson us and we promise we won’t even say “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” if you feel guilty about putting down a little extra cheering fuel because it’s 2019 and we need better jokes than the ones our grandparents grew up using.

Now to the main event! We wouldn’t be calling it the ‘Stache Bash if we weren’t including mustaches somehow. We will have a “best mustache” voting contest that is absolutely free to enter and the winner gets an actual trophy. We accept all entrants that have provided some sort of mustache for judging and we don’t require it to be real so there’s no reason NOT to get involved!

See? Loads of reasons to come hang out with us and that hasn’t even touched the fact that there’s a game afterward! No matter how the season fares, nothing beats the energy of that first game. So go ahead and click the link below to get your tailgate tickets early while they’re cheaper (like most things, tickets cost more at the gate).

SoB ‘Stache Bash Tickets (click here)

Not a member and you want a stylin’ scarf to wear that next gala? Maybe just like the discounts off future tailgates and deals with our partners? Either way, you can get your membership here:

SoB 2019 Membership (click here)

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