The Step Back Foundation promotes not only high school athletics, but giving back to your community as well.
My name is Maddie McCracken. I am a sophomore at Stockton University in New Jersey. During my high school career at Wildwood High School, in New Jersey, I was fortunate enough to be a part of three different high school sports, for a total of 12 sports seasons throughout my career. Without a doubt, these sports have molded me into the person I am today. Over the past four years, I have consistently been a part of something so special. I can only hope other students can experience the same thing. So, during the spring of my senior year of high school, I created a non-profit organization, called The Step Back Foundation, to hopefully motivate middle school and high school students to participate in high school athletics. Each year, there will be several scholarships given out in the name of Mr. Bill Bolle (more information below) to middle and high school students in Cape May County, who have the intention to participate in high school athletics. As athletes all know, sports equipment is not cheap and it does not hurt to have a little extra money to help pay for all of the expenses.
Going into high school, I was very shy, timid, and not half as confident in myself as I am now. Wildwood High School athletics welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to be the athlete they knew I was capable of becoming. Playing sports gave me instant friends and memories I will hopefully be able to share with my kids one day. I have started this organization with the intention that more and more kids will join sports, or any club for that matter, their freshman year instead of waiting until their sophomore or junior year to become involved within the school. As a female especially, I think it is very important to build your confidence at a young age, so you can maintain it and grow as a person each and every day.
I seriously cannot imagine what kind of person I would be if I did not play sports throughout my high school career. Not only do I not know what kind of memories I would have made or with whom I would have been friends, but also who I would be as a person. Sports have constantly changed and made me better as I have gotten older. I have learned how to communicate with others, problem solve, deal with adversity, cope, created a strong work ethic, and most importantly how to be a good human being. I have met so many wonderful people and I can only hope others will be able to experience the same thing.
Each summer, The Step Back Foundation will be hosting two major events, including a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in July and a 5k race in August, which is held on the beach. The money raised will go towards either scholarship funds or for a child in need financially throughout the Wildwoods. With that being said, I am asking that if you or your organization could support/donate something for this cause and possibly change someone’s high school career or further their life.
Stockton Women's Basketball
After a lot of thinking, I decided to transfer to Stockton University, where I am back to playing basketball. I have discovered that sometimes a little break to get your mental health together is not wrong. It is okay to ask for help. I love my new home.
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
On July 11th & 12th 2020, the Step Back Foundation held a 3 on 3 tournament at Allen Park, in North Wildwood. This money will be used towards providing athletic equipment, gift cards, clothes, etc for our local athletes, and our "Live Like Bolle" middle school and high scholarships.
Age Groups Included:
- 5th & 6th grade
- 7th & 8th grade
- 9th-12th grade
- Adults (Anyone 18 or older)
"Live Like Bolle" 5K Island Race
On Saturday, August 8th, 2020, the Step Back Foundation hosted our second annual, "Live Like Bolle" 5K run and a 1-mile walk, on the beach in North Wildwood. This is where Mr. Bill Bolle spent most of his summer days. This year, we had a total of 180 runners/walkers (110 runners and 70 walkers).
This race was dedicated and in memory of Mr. Bill Bolle, who tragically passed away in October of 2017. Mr. Bolle represented kindness, positive energy, and light, which was displayed throughout the entire race.
Keenan's Virtual Palooza
Over Easter weekend, April 11th & 12th, Keenan's Irish Pub hosted over 15 virtual performances, taking in donations. Throughout the weekend, Keenan's and these bands raised over $8,000 for the Step Back Foundation. The money raised has been going towards purchasing and delivering Acme gift cards to Wildwood families.
We cannot thank Keenan's & all of their performances en0ugh. Stay tuned to Keenan's and their opening for the summer.
2019-2020 "Live Like Bolle" Scholarship Winners
"Live Like Bolle" Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is in honor of Mr. Bill Bolle, who unfortunately passed away in October of 2017. Mr. Bolle loved and promoted high school athletics. High school sports change the lives of many high school students by improving their work ethic, staying active, building memories, and of course forming relationships that will last a long time. But most importantly, Mr. Bolle valued his family more than anything.
A huge thank you to everyone who applied for our 2020 "Live Like Bolle" scholarship. Thanks to generous donations (including leftover money from Keenan's Irish Pub Virtual Palooza) and endless support over the past year, we were able to give out 20 scholarships. Our winners this year are:
Lance Lillo, Liz Mendel, Emily Mendel, Ella McCabe, Caley Israel, Ava Vodges, Buddy Morey, Blake Rosenello, Madison Barber, Jaxon Grauel, Monica Kobierowski, Sienna Sawyer, Dani Shaw, Hadden Miller, Jaxon Tomlin, Luz Ferrer, Gabby Keoughan, Winter Favre, Mateo Perez, and Sophia Wilber.
2020 3v3 Tournament Registration
Registration forms may be mailed to 312 West Chestnut Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 OR dropped off to the North Wildwood Recreation Department which is located at 900 Central Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260. There are also extra registration forms located in the Rec for convenience.
A link to register online through Eventbrite is below.
2nd Annual 3 on 3 Tournament
July 11th & 12th
2200 Delaware Ave
North Wildwood, NJ 08260
2019 3 on 3 Tournament
2020 "Live Like Bolle" 5K & 1 Mile Walk Registration
If you know of a resident of Wildwood who has financial athletic needs (basketball shoes, help to pay off registration fees, cleats, etc) do not hesitate to reach out. The Step Back Foundation is more than happy to help within means.
Write to us.
How To Donate:
Click this link for easy access to a donation box towards the Step Back Foundation
- Other ways to donate include mailing a check/cash:
Please write out your check to: The Step Back Foundation Corporation
Address: 312 West Chestnut Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
- Option to Venmo:
Thank you for donating to this worthy cause! We appreciate the endless support!