Nonprofit Organization & 501(c)3/Tax Exempt

We are a nonprofit organization and 501(c) which means we are tax exempt. 

Our Tax ID number is 83-4646007. 

The Step Back Foundation

Mission Statement

-To motivate & inspire kids at an early age to be a part of something special (whether that may be a sports team, club, or organization) by building self-love, poise & confidence.  

Meet Our Team/Board of Directors:

We are so excited to introduce these awesome people who strive to better our organization each day! 

Caitlin McMullan:

Caitlin is currently a senior at Stockton University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Historical Studies.  As a full time resident of North Wildwood, she attended Margaret Mace School and graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School.  Caitlin is now an assistant coach for the Wildwood Catholic Academy girls basketball team and is on the coaching staff for the KAC Tar Heels AAU program.

Ally Kuvik:

Born in Northeast Philadelphia, Ally graduated from Saint Joseph’s with a degree in Food Marketing. She currently works at Performance Food Group. Ally loves hanging with three sisters and helps coach the goalies for her sister’s soccer team. In high school, Allt won the Jefferson award and was on CSC. Ally also helps coordinate Step Back events and is on our promotion team.

Danielle Deritis:

Born and raised in North Wildwood, Danielle is a senior at Rowan University studying Communication. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and currently their Vice President of Academic Affairs. She attended Margaret Mace elementary school and graduated from Cape May County Technical high school. Formerly Miss North Wildwood and loves to spend her free time hanging out with family and friends or at the beach!

Christa Linnington:

Christa is a Cape May native who currently resides in Wildwood. She attended Our Lady Star of the Sea School, graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School in 2011, and continued her education at Coastal Carolina University. After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing in 2015, Christa returned home and received her real estate salesperson license. Soon after she began working as a Commercial Account Manager at the J Byrne Insurance Agency, licensed in property and casualty. Christa has a passion for volunteering and donates her time to a variety of non-profit organizations in Cape May County. She was named the 2020 Young Professional of the Year by the CMC Chamber of Commerce.  

Mack McCracken:

Our vice president, Mack, is a North Wildwood local. She attended Widener University and played basketball there for four years. Mack graduated from Wildwood High School as a three sport athlete. Along with her sister, Maddie, her name is on the 1,000 point board at WHS. She currently works as a sales representative for Johnson Brothers. Mack helps plan our events and handles the scheduling for the Step Back Foundation’s Annual 3v3 tournament. She loves spending time with her favorite people, going to the beach and riding her bike.

Molly Palmer:

Molly is 28 years old, and was born and raised in Hershey, PA. She currently resides in North Wildwood. In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach and traveling. Molly wrote, "Maddie inspired my sister and I to start our own nonprofit, Creating Sunshine Forever. I’m so excited to join The Step Back Foundation and help give back to the community." We are so excited to have Molly join us to help plan and coordinate for our events, specifically our Fall Auction Night. 

Corinne Clarke:

Corinne was raised in the Wildwood Crest and attended St. Ann School and Wildwood Catholic. She graduated with honors from the University of Scranton and has taken grad classes at Stockton University. Corinne is currently in her 20th year teaching Kindergarten at Margaret Mace School in North Wildwood (where she taught the founder of the Step Back Foundation Maddie McCracken! ) Corinne is an active member of the Women of Wildwood, a nonprofit local women’s organization committed to making a positive impact on the Wildwood community. She is also a familiar face to many as she has been an employee at Sam’s Pizza Palace for many years. Corinne and her husband (high school sweetheart)Jim live in Wildwood Crest and are the proud parents of twin girls Ivy & Evelyn, and a son James. They are a very busy and active family involved in many events and sports in the community.

Dennis Dool:

Dennis was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, where he was a graduate of Father Judge High School. He worked as a service technician at Verizon Wireless. Dennis currently works at the North Wildwood Recreation Department, where he helps with the after school programs. Dennis is also a volunteer coach of the North Wildwood Sharks basketball team. If he is not working at the rec, you will most likely find Dennis surfing, paddle boarding, riding his bike, or on his waverunner,  regardless of the time of year. Dennis has had much experience in working with nonprofits and running events. Each year, he runs the Fallen Hero Plunge which donates money to the FOP in Philadelphia.

2021 Peer Leadership Conference 


Presented by Cape Assist, Priscilla Frederick and I (Maddie McCracken) spoke at 2021 Peer Leadership Conference. This conference became available on November 15th and was be presented to hundreds of students in Cape May County. This conference will remain available, so students can look back and refer to it when in need of some extra motivation. 

The theme of this year's conference is "I Am Enough." We discussed mental health through topics such as hope, optimism, and service to others. Make sure to tune in and check us out using the link below! 

2021 Peer Leadership Conference

2021 Fall Auction Night 

Second Annual Fall Auction Night 

On Saturday, November 20th, we held our second annual Fall Auction Night at Mudhen Brewing Co. We raised over $15,000 that will go towards providing Christmas gifts to Cape May County students and families during the holiday season. 

To view pictures of this event, scroll down to our "Previous Events" section.

Available Step Back Gear:

T-shirts & more!

Check out or new Shopify online store to purchase Step Back gear! Click the link below:

Back-to-School Supplies

Step Back Donations

We're almost back to school...which means the Step Back will be donating book bags and other school supplies to several Cape May County schools. If you'd like to donate any school supplies, send us a message! 

JawsYouthPlaybook Donation

Huge thank you to former Eagles player, Ron Jaworski, and his nonprofit organization, JawsYouthPlaybook, on donating boxes of Under Armor socks and other goodies to local students. 

We are so excited to deliver these donations, along with other back-to-school supplies to our local schools. 

Thanks Jaws!

Fall 2021 Donations

MMS Back-to-School Donations

MMS Under Armor Socks Donations

MTHS Back-to-School Donations

MTMS Field Hockey Equipment Donations

Teachable Tuesday with Olympian Priscilla

    Introducing Teachable Tuesday with Olympian Priscilla! If you didn’t already know, we live on the same island as an Olympian (still amazes me). Priscilla Loomis was a 2016 Olympian and is training to go to the Olympics again this summer! Priscilla has inspired me in many ways with not only her athletic abilities but her positivity, light, and kindness. I asked @priscilla_frederick (her Instagram username) to share what keeps her going and to offer any words of motivation. Thank you for being such a good example and inspiration for others.

Stay tuned for more of Priscilla! 

Teachable Tuesday

Step Back & Stockton WBB Donations Books to New York Ave School in Atlantic City, NJ

The Step Back Foundation and Stockton WBB's teamed up to donate children's books to a local elementary school, New York Avenue, in Atlantic City, NJ.  

Stockton's Kadinah Harris is a New York Ave alumn, so thought it would be cool for her to interact with her old school!

2020-21 5th & 6th North Wildwood Shark's Team 

Shark's Team Selfie

Funny team pic!

Shark's team pic in their new sweatshirts!

Shark's sweatshirts were sponsored by the Step Back Foundation. 

Step Back Making It's Way to Florida beaches!

Kelly Palmer 

John Fetsick 

Christmas for the Kids

Partnership With Morey's Piers 

3v3 Basketball Tournament 

The Step Back Foundation will be working with Morey's Piers starting this fall to create an awesome 3v3 basketball tournament in August 2022. We will be teaming up to create something special. Stay tuned for more information, details, updates, etc. We cannot wait for you to see what's in store!

The Step Back will still be having our own 3v3 basketball tournament in July 2022. 

Previous Events

2021 Fall Auction Night 

Second Annual Fall Auction Night 

On Saturday, November 20th, we held our second annual Fall Auction Night at Mudhen Brewing Co. We raised over $16,000 that will go towards providing Christmas gifts to Cape May County students and families during the holiday season. 

We cannot thank you enough for all your love and support at our Fall Auction Night. We cannot wait for you to see all the wonderful things we can do, because of you, this holiday season! When people come together, great things can happen. 

Click the link below to check out more pictures of this beautiful night…

2021 Fall Auction Night Photos Link 

-Step Back Team <3

Summer 2021 Events

3v3 Basketball Tournament 

On July 10th & 11th (2021), the Step Back Foundation held our 3rd annual 3v3 basketball tournament at Allen Park, in North Wildwood. 

Click the link below to check out pictures from our tournament!

"Like Like Bolle" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk 

On Saturday, August 7th, 2021, the Step Back Foundation hosted our third annual  "Live Like Bolle" 5K run and 1-mile walk, on the beach in North Wildwood. This is where Mr. Bill Bolle spent most of his summer days. Mr. Bolle represented kindness, positivity, and light.

Click the link below to check out pictures from our run/walk!

3v3 Basketball Tournament Photo Gallery

5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Photo Gallery

2021 Step Back Foundation Easter Egg Hunt

Step Back Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, the Step Back Foundation hosted an Easter egg hunt at Allen Park in North Wildwood. 

Thank you to everyone who came out, had fun, and supported our cause. We were so excited to see everyone and celebrate the holiday together for the kids. 

Quick Info

2021-2022 "Live Like Bolle" Scholarship Application

"Live Like Bolle" Scholarship Fund

Our 2020-21 scholarship committee: Tommy Bolle, Ivy Bolle, Mack McCracken, & Maddie McCracken

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. 

Scholarship applications for the 2021-22 school year are located below and are due on May 23rd, 2022. 

2021-22 8th Grade Application

2021-22 High School Senior Application

Please either mail your application to: 312 West Chestnut Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 or email your application to with the subject: 2021-22 “Live Like Bolle” Scholarship)

A huge thank you to everyone who applied for our 2020-2021 "Live Like Bolle" scholarship. Thanks to generous donations and endless support over the past couple of years! Our winners for the 2021 school year are: 

8th Grade Students:

Amira Evans (WMS)

Louis Belasco (CMS)

Flynn Krause (WCA)

High School Seniors: 

Diante Miles (WHS)

Milagros Palacios (WHS)

Leah Benichou (WHS)

John Leahy (MTHS)

Aislin Robb (MTHS)

Matthew Craig (LCMR)

Matthew Moretti (WCA)

James Sawyer (WCA)

Reach Out 

If you know of a resident of Wildwood who has financial athletic needs (basketball shoes, help to pay off registration fees, cleats, help grocery shopping, could use a winter coat, etc) do not hesitate to reach out. The Step Back Foundation is more than happy to help within means. 

Mental Health

Mental Health Matters

Throughout most of my life, I have struggled with my mental health: anxiety, depression, OCD. Even though I am extremely blessed, these illnesses still get the best of me. The Step Back Foundation is willing to talk to anyone who may be experiencing similar things. All you have to do is contact us and we are here to help. 

Changing Your Perspective 

Mental Health Matters

I had a long and eye opening conversation the other day with my sister on mental health and perspective. Just a little over a year ago I was struggling with the worst anxiety and depression I’ve ever had. I was so sad and nothing made me feel excited or alive. I couldn’t appreciate or realize all the beautiful things life has to offer. I would constantly tell myself I couldn’t be happy until I finished or accomplished something. Over time, I’ve learned to recognize those beautiful things and it’s truly made my life better and more fulfilled. Simple conversations. Forming relationships with people. Doing things that make me happy. These things have improved the quality of my life more than I could have ever imagined. I’m much happier and much more fulfilled than I’ve ever been. Don’t wish your life away and put dates on when you can be happy again. Be where your two feet are and enjoy where you are now! If you need someone to talk to or just an ear to listen, feel free to contact us (at the bottom of the website, through email, or through our social media pages). You’re not alone and you will get through any struggle! #mentalhealthmatters

Let's end the mental health stigma! 


We would love to thank our donors for their generosity and constant support of the Step Back Foundation. We do not know what we would do without you!

A special thanks to our donors below:

Sam's Pizza Palace

Sand Jamm 

Wild Ocean 

Spill the Wine




North Shore

Christie’s Nails

Lobster House

Lunch With Lynch Foundation

Rick’s Seafood

Coastal Prime

Harbor Movie Theater

Shampoo Bar

Douglass Candies

Warehouse Wicker

Joe Canal’s 


East Coast Jewels

Chrissy Marie Designs

Pure Juice & Kitchen

Back To Health Family Chiropractic

Wildwood Middle School PTC

Crest Memorial PTC

Rodney Strong

Exit 6

Olympic Flame

Stone Harbor Yoga

Gerry D’Alesio

Dennis Dool

Jane Ginley

Joe & Kelly Franco

Joe Ebert

Denise Nuccio

Little Cafe

Crab House

April Frank

Colleen Ferraro

Richie Ziegler

Sandy Duda

Christina Adams Photography

J. Byrne Insurance

North Wildwood Shirt Shop

Cork & Bottle

The Palmer Family

Want to Get Involved?

(Volunteer, Donate, Partner, Etc.?)

If you'd like to get involved with us in any way, please send us a message below via our "Contact Us" section. The Step Back Foundation is always looking to coordinate with people and organizations!


Write to us. 

Ways To Donate:

Click either 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

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Thank you for donating to this worthy cause! We appreciate the endless support!