Tyler Perry Sending Swim Club Kids to Disney World

Angered by swim club controversy, Perry asks people to send love

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009  |  Updated 3:39 PM EDT
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Tyler Perry Sending Swim Club Kids to Disney World

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Dymire Baylor and his camp mates will meet Mickey and the gang at Walt Disney World in a few weeks.

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Madea's no longer going to jail, she's going to Disney World with the campers from Creative Steps Day Camp. Well, not actually Madea, but the movie and TV producer, Tyler Perry who plays the "Mad Black Woman."

Tyler Perry was so angered by the recent saga between 60 inner-city day campers and a private, suburban swim club that he decided to send them all to the House of the Mouse for a little fun.

"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," Perry said in a statement on his Web site. "This is all about the kids."

The kids and their parents will spend August 1 - 3 at the Florida resort, roaming through the Magic Kingdom and testing their nerves on water slides at one of Disney's three water parks.

Creative Steps and The Valley Swim Club have been embroiled in a national media and legal battle since racial discrimination allegations were made in early July. The camp paid $1,950 to have campers swim at the 10-acre complex on Mondays through August, but after members complained on the first day, the camp's privileges were revoked and money returned.

Several students said they heard members making racial remarks while they were at The Valley Club, which members emphatically deny. The club since invited Creative Steps and two other camps back, but the camp declined.

Both the camp and several parents of the children involved told U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter they plan on filing a class-action lawsuit against the club.

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