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The Step Back Foundation


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 senior at Wildwood High School. I have been fortunate to be a part of three different high school sports, for a total of 12 sport 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, I have come up with a plan to help put together a non-profit organization, called The Step Back Foundation, to give to a student athlete in 8th grade a scholarship with the intentions that this student will participate in high school sports. 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 am starting this organization with the intentions 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.

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.

I am planning on having two major events throughout the summer, including a 3 on 3 basketball tournament earlier in the season and then a race later in the season. This money raised will either be used to as a scholarship for an 8th grade student-athlete or for a child in need throughout the Wildwoods. With that being said, I am asking that if you or your organization could donate something for this cause and possibly change someone’s high school career or further their life.

Future Projects

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Registration Form 

Register online at:


Rules of Tournament

The Step Back Foundation will be hosting a 3 on 3 tournament on July 13th & 14th at  Wildwood High School and the North Wildwood Rec in order to raise money for the 8th grade scholarship and for kids in need financially throughout Wildwood, New Jersey. 

Alternative Registration: 

Pick up and drop off paper registration at the North Wildwood Rec. 

$20 per person (T-Shirts included)

3-4 players per team 

Age Groups:

  • 5th & 6th grade
  • 7th & 8th grade 
  • 9th-12th grade
  • Adults (Anyone 18 or older)

Island Race 

On August 10th, the Step Back Foundation will be holding a 5k run on the beach and bike path in North Wildwood. 

$30 per person (T-Shirt & light breakfast included)

Strollers allowed 

Start time: 8:30 A.M. 

Check in: 7:30 A.M.

Start of race located at 16th Street & the lifeguard station 

Link to Register: 


2019 Scholarship 

2019 Step Back Foundation Scholarship for 8th Graders

Scholarship Winners:

Crest Memorial: Abby Pruszinski 

Wildwood Middle School: Joey Mormile


Quick Info

The Step Back Foundation 3 on 3 Tournament 

The Step Back Foundation Island 5k Run 


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Click this link for easy access to a donation box towards the Step Back Foundation