Groups to Share $65,000 in Swim Club Settlement

Black children had their swimming privileges canceled in infamous 2009 incident.

Can’t believe it’s been five years already: You might remember the once-infamous story of The Valley Swim Club, which in 2009 canceled the swimming privileges of a nearby day care center whose clients were mostly black  — sparking charges and denials of racism, and drawing national attention.

The club is now defunct, but the fallout continues. Officials announced this week that a half-dozen area youth groups will share in a $65,000 settlement stemming from a Justice Department investigation that concluded the club had been racially hostile to minority children in the incident.

AP reports that the money is part of a $1.1 million court settlement involving the now-closed club in Huntington Valley. More than 70 campers and counselors who filed suit will share the rest of the settlement. Groups such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia will share in the $65,000 set-aside.

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  • tonyb

    A now defunct business. Loss of tax dollars for a community. Who really wins?

    • thomast

      The property was sold during the bankruptcy auction to a synagogue that operates it as part of their summer camp. It was operating at a loss prior to this controversy, and thus generating tax revenue solely through jobs and snack bar sales tax. The jobs remain, thanks to the summer camp. Don’t know about the rest of it.

      I’d say that the community wins when organizations operating in a racist manner are shut down.

  • bill k

    My parents joined the Valley Club long, long ago. I have many great memories from there. Swimming, shuffleboard, volleyball, frozen candy bars- do kids still eat frozen candy bars?-, the high dive!, my parents alive and young, the old station wagon, singing to the radio going to and from the club, the paper punch cards, parking on the grass, walking up the hill. The club was not elitist, not if we were members. I guess there were no African American members. I honestly don’t remember. I think the club’s time had passed if it couldn’t handle the settlement and use some good PR to turn itself around.