DOJ Reaches Settlement with Disgraced Huntingdon Valley Swim Club

The Valley Club, a now defunct swim club based in Huntingdon Valley, was accused of discrimination after some of its members allegedly made racial slurs toward a group of predominantly black day camp children in 2009.


Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice said that it reached a settlement agreement with Valley Club, the former Huntingdon Valley swim club accused of racial discrimination following an incident in 2009.

The DOJ filed a lawsuit against the now-defunct swim club in January 2010. According to a DOJ press release, the settlement resolves discrimination claims filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and it also resolves a private suit filed by the children who attended Creative Steps, a northeast Philadelphia day camp and the children’s parents.

From the press release:

“Creative Steps Inc. a Northeast Philadelphia children’s day camp, had paid the club a fee to give its campers access to the club’s swimming pool for the summer.  On the first day they swam, the children reported hearing racial slurs while enjoying the pool."  

According to the complaint, Creative Steps entered into a contract with the Valley Club that would allow the day camp children to swim for 90 minutes each Monday for seven weeks, ending Aug. 10, for a fee of $1,950. The club’s president and board of directors on June 30 then adopted a police to bar all summer camps from using its facility; the club told the camp its children could not return and refunded the camp’s money.

The club then filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2009; according to the press release, the club property was sold in June 2010 for $1.46 million.

Per the relase:

 “The settlement agreement stipulates that once the administration of the estate and the bankruptcy case is closed and after paying allowed costs and fees, the remaining assets will be paid to more than 50 children, their camp counselors and to Creative Steps.”

It goes on to say that $65,000 from the sale of the Valley Club property will go toward the creation of a “leadership council” that comprises former Valley Club members, Creative Steps counselors, campers and their families. 

Danielle August 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Interesting to me that there's an update on this story for us today. I was thinking about this swim club and this story during the North Hills/Crestmont meeting on Monday evening. I hope Upper Dublin gets that sorted out before the citizens have run-ins with the visitors. Gulp.
Justice August 17, 2012 at 02:51 PM
That sounds like a good end result. It is a shame that it is now a defunct organization, because then maybe it might have offered its facilities to minority groups for free as a community service.
John August 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Cry me a river. Racism is a two way street. Try going to an inner city pool as a white person and see how that works out for you. Good luck not getting insulted, beaten and/or robbed.
SOS August 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
John get over yourself I am a white girl who goes to swimming pools with my friend in african american areas. Never been insulted, beaten nor robbed. They got what they deserve . They can take the black dollars but didn't want to allow them in once they saw them ....SMH Treat people the way they treat you. Not basic on the color of there skin....
John August 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Whatever SOS, get over YOURself... When I used to go to the Frankford YMCA I had my locker broken into several times, got ganged up on for no reason other than I was white and called every slur in the book. I minded my own business and just wanted to swim. Once a group of thugs tried to drown me while the black "lifeguard" watched and laughed. I'd have to say that's a little harsher treatment than what they got. Where's my reparations? Oh, wait.. I guess I wasn't able to play the race card because that's a privilege reserved exclusively for African Americans. If I was to treat them the way they treated me I'd have ended up in court with a massiive civil suit so please don't preach to me about treating people differently because of the color of your skin.


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