Yeadon’s Nile Swim Club, the nation’s first African-American-owned swim club, has managed to avoid closure thanks to the community’s crowdfunding efforts, writes Erin McCarthy for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Nile had fallen on hard times in recent years, due in part to the growing number of social outlets for kids over the summer. After narrowly avoiding having to file for bankruptcy twice in the last eight years, the club was on the brink of foreclosure as Delaware County prepared to sell the pool to cover back taxes.
However, a last-minute CrowdRise campaign managed to raise around $40,000. This was enough to give the club until the end of the year to pay the rest of the taxes. Now, board members are confident they will be able to pay the entire $150,000 on time.
“No, we’re not going to lose the club,” said Lisa Ivery, a member of Nile’s governing board.
The ultimate goal is to raise $1 million to cover the back taxes and renovate the facilities.
“We want to be as flexible as possible and work with the Nile Swim Club,” said John McBlain, chairman of Delaware County Council.
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