Tyler Perry is paying for 65 children from a Philadelphia day camp to go to Walt Disney World after reading about allegations that a suburban swim club had shunned them because of racism.
“This made me so angry,” Perry writes on his website. ”I saw a little boy on the news crying his eyes out. Here is this kid talking about being kicked out of the Valley Swim Club outside Philadelphia because he was black. Did you hear me? I said, ‘No way, this can’t be! It’s 2009. I don’t believe this!’ But, I know it happens even in this year of Obama. . . I went from being mad to being furious.”
The Black and Hispanic children who attend the day camp run by Creative Steps Inc. cheered Monday when they learned about the actor's gift.
Creative Steps director Alethea Wright says she's thrilled about the offer, especially because Perry "comes from humble beginnings" like the children in her camp.
Perry put out a statement saying in part:
"I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them. So, thank you for letting me do this."
The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley has maintained that refunding the camp's swimming fee was not about race but rather a safety issue, in part because many children couldn't swim.
The kids leave for Florida on July 31st.