Valley Club Going Bankrupt
A private Montgomery county swim club accused of racial discrimination is filing for bankruptcy. The accusations came up in June, when Creative Steps Day Camp of Philadelphia took about 60 African American and Latino children, from kindergarten through seventh grade, to the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley. They were asked to leave and not return after members questioned why black people were swimming there. The camp paid nearly $2,000 in advance and entered a contract to let the kids use the pool on Mondays through the summer. The club returned the money and canceled the contract. A Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission report, released weeks later, said racial animus and racial comments by members caused the club to cancel the contract. Investigators looked at the words and actions of club leaders, including an e-mail from one board member to another that said every e-mail of complaint mentioned race. An e-mail from club President John Duesler says the Valley Club has struggled to stay out of the red for the last decade, and legal fees related to the racial discrimination controversy and resulting lawsuits pushed it into bankruptcy.