Nike's Annual Doernbecher Freestyle Collection Launches Tomorrow
Nike's annual Doernbecher Freestyle Collection will be up for grabs this Saturday, November 18th with 100 percent the proceeds from the sales the collection to benefit OHSU Doernbecher. Adult and youth sizes will launch in SNKRS, and the full apparel collection will launch on nike.com and at select Nike retail and partner stores. Learn more about this year's patient-designers here.
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This year's Doernbecher Freestyle Collection, which were created by six brave kids Andrew, Amyiah, Brayden, Brody, Carissa and Tylan, includes the Air Jordan 12, Nike Air More Uptempo, Nike Air VaporMax, Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra, and the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit.
According to Nike, the annual Doernbecher Collection started out as an idea from Connor Doherty, the son Nike Creative Director and OHSU Doernbecher Foundation board member Michael Doherty. His suggestion — enabling the hospital’s young patients to engage their imaginations by designing their very own Nike sneakers — formalized in 2003 as the OHSU Doernbecher Freestyle program.
Fourteen years and 85 patient-designers later, his idea has raised $17 million for the hospital, brightened the lives countless kids and caught the attention sneaker lovers and collectors across the country. Every day, countless young patients at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital demonstrate what it means to go all in as they bravely face serious illness.
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Below you can read the story and inspiration behind each sneaker and the designer, courtesy Nike.
Tylan Hibbard - Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski