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.

Unified Soccer & Special Olympics

The Sons of Ben have partnered with Special Olympics to support and help sponsor Unified Soccer. Unified Soccer is a program that unites students from Philadelphia area high schools and athletes from Special Olympics onto the same soccer team. We were told that they are always looking for “fans” to come and cheer on the teams, volunteers to help with some set up and other tables (food, drinks, etc.), people with enough knowledge of the game to referee, and for groups to donate and sponsor (food, financial backing, etc.). After some more discussion we knew that with our members and friends, we could definitely be a big help for these games and decided to begin what we hope to be a long lasting partnership. While it was short notice about the championship games on May 30 at Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia, we agreed to donate the water ice for the day and to become a financial sponsor. If you would like to get involved, please be on the lookout for more information in the future.

It was also announced that the winner of the days championship will be going down to play another Unified Soccer championship team at RFK Stadium following the Philadelphia Union at DC United match on September 27th and everyone making the trip will be able to stay and cheer on the teams.

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