A swim club in Philadelphia is a million dollars richer after winning their lawsuit claiming racial discrimination. The group, comprised of minority inner city youth, were barred from going to the Valley Swim Club in Huntington, Pa. back in 2009.
The children, who belong to the Creative Steps Day Camp of Northeast Philly, paid Valley Swim Club $1,950 for the group to participate in a weekly swimming program. After visiting the facility, some of the children complained that the White members were using racial slurs towards them, and asked why there were “so many Balck children” at the pool.
A few days later, the club refunded the fee , and told Creative Steps director, Althea Wright, that the children were not allowed to use the pool.
Creative Steps is no longer in commission, but a minimum of $65,000 of their settlement will be set aside for a “Diversity Leadership Council,” with the Valley Club. “What we hope it will do is provide an experience for these two different racial groups of children to get together and actually be kids together and learn about each other, “ said Creative Steps attorney, Brian Mildenberg.
Given the media attention, the Valley Club lost money and filed for bankruptcy, and was sold for $1.46 million at an auction in 2010. The U.S. Department of Justice ruled to distribute the remaining amount of the club's asset's following the closure of its pending bankruptcy.
The settlement will be split between the 65 children turned away from the club's pool, while 20 percent of the money will go to attorney fees.
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