Now in its 10th year, the Nike organized Doernbecher Freestyle Program not only raised more than $6 million to fund research expense, clinical care, and cutting edge medical equipments for Portland’s Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. But most importantly, the unique partnership between company and hospital empowered 58 young patients during its course and helped to alleviate their struggles against detrimental diseases.
First got its start in 2004 after a conversation between Michael Doherty, Global Creative Presentation Director of Nike and a member of Board of Directors at Doernbecher Foundation, and his son Connor. Then a high school sophomore and an avid sneaker collector, Connor suggested an online offering of rare, exclusive Nike editions as a way to raise money for the hospital. That initial concept quickly blossomed into a collaborative effort, where OHSU Doernbecher patients and a team of Nike designers, get to see their designs, personalized with their experiences, from sketches to actual sneakers.
In celebration of the program’s 10th anniversary, Mark Smith, Global Product Creative Director of Nike and a Doernbecher Freestyle contributor, designed a special Nike Dunk High 10th Anniversary Collection. Highlighted throughout with glow-in-the-dark features in reference to OHSU Doernbecher patients’ unyielding strength, the Nike Dunk High also have every patients’ names from the 10 years of Doernbecher Freestyle Program. Two sets of this special collection will take part in special charity auctions at Portland and New York City, with all proceeds going to the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, the 2013 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection from Nike, in both footwear and matching apparel, will be available at NikeStore.com along with select Nike retail locations across the country later this Fall.
Here are this year’s entries to the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Program…