Swim Club of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Accused of Racial Discrimination

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Swim Club of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Accused of Racial Discrimination

David P. Dillard


Swim Club of  Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Accused of Racial

Montco swim club accused of racial discrimination
By Zoe Tillman and Max Stendahl
Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Inquirer
Thu, Jul. 9, 2009

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Days before a Northeast Philadelphia day camp's membership at a private
suburban swim club was rescinded, several of the campers said they had
heard racial remarks about themselves at the pool.

Parents and staff members of Creative Steps Inc. day camp are considering
legal action against the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, said Alethea
Wright, the camp's executive director.


On July 3, Wright said, the camp's $1,950 check in membership fees to the
swim club was refunded, meaning the children no longer had access to the
pool. She said Duesler gave no reason for the refund except that the
membership no longer wanted the children at the pool.

Repeated attempts to reach Duesler, other club officers, and the club's
management yesterday were unsuccessful. NBC10, which first reported the
story, said yesterday that Duesler had given the station the following
statement: "There was concern that a lot of kids would change the
complexion . . . and the atmosphere of the club."


The camp first contacted the club about membership after the New Frankford
Community Y in the Frankford section of the city - where the children used
to swim - closed last month because of lack of money. The club is about a
20-minute drive from the camp's location at Devereaux and Summerdale
Avenues in Northeast Philadelphia.


City Councilwoman Maria Quiones-Snchez, who represents the camp's
Northeast Philadelphia district, said the allegations were upsetting but
not surprising.

"It is outrageous and unfortunately part of what we still confront day in
and day out because of folks' lack of understanding," she said. "Once you
cross the county line, it's a whole different world."

Several parents and the camp are looking into possible legal action
against the club, said Staci Morgan, a Creative Steps board member and
Philadelphia social worker.


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