Update: Swim Club Accused Of Racism

A second day camp whose children were turned away by a Philadelphia-area swim club later accused of racism says its group was treated well.

Joanne Rosenthal of the Storybook Children's Center in northeast Philadelphia said Friday she believed The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley when it says her group was turned away because of crowding.

Another camp, Creative Steps, had arranged for 65 mostly black and Hispanic children to swim there. Director Alethea Wright says some children reported hearing racial comments and the camp's money was refunded a few days later.

The club says it couldn't accommodate so many children. Rosenthal says at least half her group of about 25 were minorities.

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A suburban Philadelphia swim club accused of kicking out a group of minority children visiting from the city denies any racial discrimination.

The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley says accusations of racism toward the Creative Steps day camp are untrue. It says it was overcrowded and returned funds to more than one camp.

Creative Steps director Alethea Wright says the camp paid for weekly swim time at the gated club, which is in a village that straddles two townships with overwhelmingly white populations. But she says on June 29 some of the children said they heard people asking what "black kids" were doing there.

The club says any comments that may or may not have been made by members aren't shared by its board.

Black Olympic gold medalist swimmer Cullen Jones says "hearing about what's happened to these 65 kids is both disturbing and appalling."

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