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Historic Black swim club’s future at stake

By Michael D’Onofrio, Philadelphia Tribune

The race is on to save the Nile Swim Club.

Christopher Sample, president of the swim club in Yeadon Borough, said he and the board of governors will attempt to save the historic African-American nonprofit from a delinquent tax sale that takes place in less than 30 days.

“We’re going to try everything: It’s a Hail Mary at this point,” he said during a telephone conversation on Friday.

The swim club is facing a delinquent property tax bill of more than $270,000. The nonprofit must raise practically the entire amount before the Sept. 13 sale by the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau.

Sample, who is the chief of staff for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, said preliminary plans to save the club include soliciting funds through an online fundraising website, which has yet to be set up, and seeking assistance from elected officials. The strategy will be to call on donors nationally to save the historic swim club.


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