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Swim club director: 'We don't discriminate'

The Valley Swim Club does not discriminate, said Fred Helbig, one of the club's directors, today. Helbig, 71, who is retired and lives in Huntingdon Valley, has been a member of the club since 1982.

Swim club director: 'We don't discriminate'

Inquirer staff writer Zoe Tillman reports:

The Valley Swim Club does not discriminate, said Fred Helbig, one of the club’s directors, today. Helbig, 71, who is retired and lives in Huntington Valley, has been a member of the club since 1982.

He said he was at the pool on June 29 and did not hear any members make racial comments about the children from Creative Steps Inc. day camp. He did not know why the camp’s membership was rescinded.

“We have people who are black, people who are Asian, and Russians and Jewish people,” he said. “We don’t discriminate.”

The club is facing allegations of racial discrimination after several Creative Steps campers said they heard club members make racial comments on June 29 while they were swimming at the club’s pool. The camp’s membership to the club was rescinded several days later.

Supporters of the camp are expected to gather and protest outside the club today at 5:30 p.m.

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