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National Briefing / Pennsylvania

Swim club tries to ease racial flap

July 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A private suburban Philadelphia swim club accused of racism after it canceled the memberships of dozens of minority children said it would meet with the children's camps to work out an agreement for them to return.

Amy Goldman, a member of the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, said those able to attend a hastily called meeting voted unanimously in support of reinstating the memberships of the Creative Steps day camp and two other camps as long as safety issues, times and terms could be agreed upon.

The Creative Steps camp had arranged for 65 mostly black and Latino children to swim each Monday afternoon. But after the group arrived June 29, camp director Alethea Wright said, several children reported hearing racial comments and some swim club members pulled their children out of the pool. The camp's $1,950 was refunded a few days later.

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