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.

School Supply Drive

On August 9th and 24th the Sons of Ben and Philadelphia Union collected school supplies to help City Team and Chester-Upland School District. The Union had a collection bin set up on the Toyota Plaza at PPL Park, while the SoBs collected in front of their tailgating area. After both collections were complete, it was clear that the Sons of Ben had collected significantly more than the Union’s drop off spot, proving once again how great our members are…but all fun competition aside, it was a successful event where the local children were the real winners. As an added incentive, anyone who donated was entered in to win an on field autograph session after a match (donated by the Union), and anyone who donated at the SoB tailgate was entered in to win a team signed custom skate deck (donated by the SoBs). We also want to thank all the vendors and shop owners who set up collection bins at their stores for their customers to donate: A Touch of IrelandBark TeesConshohocken Café; Eagle National Bank; Fado Irish PubRed Sparrow TattooSaldutti Car CornerTrenton Tire Wholesale. Through all collective efforts, we filled 15 30 gallon totes, which would equal out to about 2,000 school bags filled with supplies!

© Copyright 2019, Sons of Ben.  Main image by Earl Gardner.