Since the inception of Nike's partnership with the OSHU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in 2003, their Doernbecher Freestyle program has raised over $14 million dollars for the hospital. Now in its 13th year, the collection is set to return with a brand new batch of silhouettes including the Air Max Zero, Air Huarache Run Ultra, Air Jordan 7, Kyrie 2, and Stefan Janoski Max.
“What’s most amazing for me is that when I look at the shoes and apparel, I can see the individual kids and their personalities in the product. Each piece is so true, so authentic, to the kids that they begin to be known to the consumer by the patient-designer’s name,” said Michael Doherty, Nike’s Creative Director of Global Brand Presentation and founder of the Doernbecher program.
This year's Nike Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers are Andy Grass, Braylin Soon, Chase Swearingen, Chehayla Hyatt, Corwin Carr and Damien Phillips - and with Doherty's statement, the concepts of authenticity and creativity ring truer than ever with unique inspirations ranging from lighthouses to Kermit.
Check out the gallery above for a quick look at the new range of Doernbecher kicks, and for more details on each individual pair, head over to Nike's official site.