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.

Bill Collins Bio

My name is Bill Collins and, after giving this decision very careful thought,  I would like the opportunity to serve the Sons of Ben as a Board Member.

I have been a Season Ticket Holder since the day the phone lines opened and have been a fixture in Section 140 since PPL Park opened. I have a special place in my heart for those that stand on the edges of the River End. I know first hand how difficult it can be to pick up on the chants in the corners. I also know that our passion is just as high as any other section in the stadium.

Our game day experience is an amazing thing to be a part of and my friends I have taken to matches can't wait to come back. I believe that working at, and enhancing, the match day activities can only make our organization stronger which in turn allows us to do more work in the community. I hope that a voice from the corners can help aid that.

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