Celebrate Nike’s Doernbecher Freestyle Program with co-writers Howie Kahn and Alex French and designer Rodrigo Corral on their newly released book SNEAKERS. The Amazon best-selling book highlights the youth program in a 14-page comprehensive oral history telling the stories of the indefatigable kids, doctors, and Nike designers who all come together to show the ways in which sneakers can inspire. The book covers many different sneaker topics and brands, and even dedicated an entire chapter to Doernbecher, which they exclusively shared with Highsnobiety in the gallery above.
Formalized in 2003, the OHSU Doernbecher Freestyle program was created by Connor Doherty, the son of Nike Creative Director and OHSU Doernbecher Foundation board member Michael Doherty. They originally enabled the hospital’s young patients to engage their imaginations by designing their very own Nike sneakers. Fourteen years and 85 patient-designers later, the idea has raised $17 million for the hospital.
The collection always features six shoes, and is revealed via a live auction, which serves to both introduce the patient-designers and raise additional funding by selling the shoes. Last year’s auction raised a whopping record-setting $1.2 million. A single pair of Air Jordan VII designed by Damien Phillips and signed by Michael Jordan himself went for $46,000 alone.
This years lineup includes NIke’s SB Zoom Stefan Janoski by Tylan Hibbard, Air Vapormax Flyknit by Andrew Merydith, Air More Tempo by Brody Miller, Air Jordan 12 Retro by Carissa Navarro, Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit by Amiyah Robinson, and Air Huarache Run Ultra by Brayden Sparkman.
The 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle collection will be available on November 18 with 100 percent of the proceeds from going to benefit OHSU Doernbecher.
Take an exclusive look at Doernbecher’s chapter in the SNEAKERS in the gallery below, and cop the book here.
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