We combine a casual, friendly atmosphere with an emphasis on family. With ten spacious acres of land, there is room for everyone[except Black children] to relax and enjoy themselves at the club. Valley Swim ClubDid you know that the group of children most likely to drown are African American children?
Nearly 60% of African-American children can't swim, almost twice the figure for white children, according to a first-of-its-kind survey which USA Swimming hopes will strengthen its efforts to lower minority drowning rates and draw more blacks into the sport.I wonder why?
Stark statistics underlie the initiative by the national governing body for swimming. Black children drown at a rate almost three times the overall rate. And less than 2% of USA Swimming's nearly 252,000 members who swim competitively year-round are black. USA Today
The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise. “When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.” The next day the club told the camp director that the camp’s membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded.[...] “There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.The folks over at Jack and Jill Politics are not amused:
If you’re mad as hell like I am, you can email, call or just go on ahead and “change the complexion” of the Valley Swim Club by showing up with picket signs. I am picking up the phone after I finish this post, y’all. Do it for the kids. Physical Address:Hmm I wonder if this "club" has non-profit status? Yep, they do :) This could be a problem with the revenue department if there is any pesky non-discrimination requirement. I suspect a well worded apology letter shall be issued any moment now. The lawyers are just figuring out who to throw under the bus. I'm going to make another prediction that we'll also have a tearful press conference as well thrown in to boot. In any event, another school has stepped up to the plate.
22 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 Map to The Valley ClubClub Phone Number:
As someone newly acquainted with a pool following learning how to swim as a child, forgetting, nearly drowning as an adult, and relearning how to swim in addition to treading water (yay!), there is no better workout, I even chopped off my hair to spend more time in the pool. Chlorine and relaxers don't play well together. .
"We had to help," said Girard College director of Admissions Tamara Leclair. "Every child deserves an incredible summer camp experience."
The school already serves 500 campers of its own, but felt they could squeeze in 65 more – especially since the pool is vacant on the day the Creative Steps had originally planned to swim at Valley Swim Club.
"I'm so excited," camp director Alethea Wright exclaimed. There are still a few logistical nuisances -- like insurance -- the organizations have to work out, but it seems the campers will not stay dry for long. Source