Pa. swim club accused of bias files for bankruptcy

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Posted: Nov 18, 2009 7:13 AM

A suburban Philadelphia swim club accused of discrimination last summer after revoking the memberships of mostly black and Hispanic children has filed for bankruptcy.

The Chapter 7 filing by Valley Swim Club president John Duesler on Monday says the club's assets are between $1 million and $10 million and estimates liabilities at $100,000 to $500,000. Duesler has declined to comment. Bankruptcy attorney Michael Cibik did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Creative Steps day camp had arranged for the youngsters to swim at the club each Monday during the summer. But during the first visit in June, two children reported hearing racial comments and the day camp's payment was later refunded.

The club has said the number of children exceeded the number of lifeguards on duty.