Tyler Perry Brings Christmas in July for Philly Kids That Were Kicked Out of the Pool

- By Bossip Staff

Madea went and got her “glock” of money that is… Tyler Perry learned of the story with the 65 kids in Philadelphia that were kicked out of the pool, and he decided to pay for the kids to go to Disney World on August 1st.

I was told that one of these children, a seven year old, asked her mother if she was “too black to be in a pool.” How do you answer that? Again, it broke my heart and I wanted to do something, and I feel like you all would want to do something, too. So what I did was on Aug 1st thru 3rd, I’m sending these kids to Disney World, and then to a Disney water park. 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. This is all about the kids.

This made me so angry.

Since Michael Jackson died I have not watched the news. I have just been so disgusted at how the mainstream media has riddled this family with disrespect, and no matter what anyone, you or I included, might have thought of him, the truth of the matter is

-the man was still a human being and his kids and family deserve some privacy and space. And I know that I’m not the only one that feels this way, so I purposely kept the TV off. Anyway, I was walking through the house, and I don’t know how this TV was on, but I saw a little boy on the news crying his eyes out. So I turned it up. 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.

As I listened to the story, the anchorperson went on to talk about a woman named Althea Wright. This young lady started a non-profit called Creative Steps to help inner-city children. And apparently she had booked the Valley Swim Club’s pool and paid for it to be used by the children throughout the summer. As we all know, this is such a great thing. During the summer our kids can get into a lot of trouble if they don’t have something creative to do. Anyway, as the story went on, I was shocked to find out that it wasn’t just him but 65 children in all, black and Hispanic kids, that were kicked out of the pool. You should Google this story and read it online for yourself. It’s crazy! I went from being mad to being furious.

The news reporter went on to say that the president of the club and its members said, and I quote, “We don’t want to change the complexion of our club.” The president refunded the money of the children and asked them not to come back. WHAT?! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I said I have to do something for these children. I can’t let them think that they are inferior because of the color of their skin. Then that night I saw the president of the Valley Swim Club on the news again saying that he misspoke and that it was a safety issue and the club wasn’t able to accommodate so many children. But the children themselves reportedly said that members were taking their kids out of the pool, and that they were saying things like, “Why are they here?” and “They’re black,” even insinuating that these kids would steal or maybe hurt their children.

Now get this. A few days later I catch the story again on CNN. This time the club was inviting the kids to come and swim. WHAT?! I’m confused. If you refunded the money because there was not enough room in the pool and it was a safety issue then why are you asking the same 65 kids to come back?

This is awful, and for anyone that has grown up in the inner-city, you know that one small act of kindness can change your life. These kids see the images of President Obama on TV and then they see the drug dealers and thugs on the corner. Which do you think is more their reality? One act of kindness, one person telling them that they are special, one moment of encouragement can make them move mountains. I know it to be true because I was one of them. They don’t need to be called names and be told that they are less than, because of the color of their skin or because of where they come from.

 That’s why I’m telling you this. Since you all have put me in the position to be able to do something I feel like by me doing this we are all doing it together. This is all about the kids. So, thank you for letting me do this. Thank you so much. And do me a favor please. When you see these kids coming through the airport, (I’m sure you won’t be able to miss them. I imagine they are going to be super excited) when you see them in the park and in the hotel, let’s show them a whole lot of love and respect. Show them that they are just as good as anyone else. And show them that they can do or be anything they want to be no matter what anyone says!


Tyler Perry


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  • http://afo.net Nanette

    Way to go Tyler, A black man doing somehtinh for some Great Black kids, I would have done the same thing if my stacks were like Tyler’s. GOd will bless you even more Tyler.

  • Brooklyn, Stand UP!

    Great Job T. Perry!

  • Big Roy

    That’s wassup… really cool of him to do that.

  • Hannibal


  • I AM LEGEND ( A Wise Man Told Me Dont Argue With Fools)

    I wonder why no other black man or woman has done anything like this

  • Angee

    That was very nice of him!!

    What happened to those kids was a damn shame!!

  • Hannibal


  • Resurrected


    U have a problem…

    This is great he took the power out of the racist white peoples hands and gave this something even better then swimming… I still hope that this establishment gets sued so that they can really learn there lesson but losing there prejudices money…

  • Tsk Tsk

    That’s great. Hmm wonder where oompa loompa was on this. She laaaaaaaaaate.

  • Hannibal



  • Resurrected


    Can your broke azz do any better for these kids at the moment then flap your gums than what Tyler is just offer them… This is way better than spending time at this country clubs pool… HE is taking 65 kids and there parent probably and most likely will give them a 7 days trips which most of there parents can not afford…

  • I AM LEGEND ( A Wise Man Told Me Dont Argue With Fools)

    Will Smith is from Philly and he aint step up 2 the plate for these kids and he got BIG money

  • Jade Silver (Anthony Hamilton perfornming live 9 August @ the Coca Cola Dome, JHB)

    Tyler Perry has done a great thing for those children. It saddens me that in this day and age people are still so racist.

  • Resurrected

    Motherf***er you will never give me permission to do and say Shit… I never give my power away to idiots like U…

  • Golden Goddess☀


    thats very nice of Tyler Perry 🙂

  • Julia

    Let’s not forget that there were inner city latin kids among the black kids. The black kids weren’t the only victims of the discrimination. And not all white people are ignorant.

  • arissa

    That was awful nice of him!

  • Lady Minerva

    Good deal, Tyler!

  • NitaBonita

    i was shocked and appalled when i read this story a few weeks ago. tyler perry has done a beautiful thing for those children. i saw the little boy on the news crying and my heart instantly sank.

  • Jay the Real One

    @ I AM LEGEND ( A Wise Man Told Me Dont Argue With Fools)

    well thank god everybody doesn’t prove their point like you

  • Resurrected


    Who give away something free to someone what they do now want for them to have but a people pleaser and a manipulator and I do not see that in Tyler Perry but we are all entitled to our opinion, it’s not like he is taken criminals to Disney world but some young under privilege kids and that sounds a lot… This is a moment that they will never forget and it will teach them about being helpful and showing kindness to others…




  • Faith without works is dead

    I am very happy TP did this! He is always so inspirational in his blogs. Way to uplift our beautiful black and brown children TP! Mucho kudos!


    That was noble of Tyler Perry 😀

  • Jamaican Princess

    That’s awesome! And after those kids get back from Disney, their parents should sue that club!

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