From December 17th and onwards, plenty of sneakerheads will probably be lining up to cop a pair of the Air Jordan 13 “Doernbecher” and/or the other sneakers from Nike’s 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection. While these kicks are certainly dope, making sneakerheads want to lace up in them as soon as possible, but they should not forget that they were crafted as a part of the Doernbecher Freestyle Program. Ultimately, sneakerheads should be copping these sneakers for the children who designed them and all the other kids from the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. It is because of those children that Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Nike had teamed up in the first place.
Since every Doernbecher release is always designed by one of the children from the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, it always has a story behind it. These kids put their sincere artistry, ingenuity and thoughts into these sneakers, which have turned them into immediate hits. A collection of videos, each featuring one of the children from the 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle program were recently posted on the Oregon Science and Health University’s YouTube channel. Despite the awesome kicks that are that are produced through Doernbecher Freestyle Collections, hopefully there comes a time when this program exists some other purpose that than present one.
Through auctions related to the Doernbecher Freestyle Program and private donations, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital managed to rise $1.2 million. From the 2015 Doernbecher collection, Nike raised $1.6 million and the check for the amount was presented to the hospital just recently. In this year’s collection, Jordan Brand will be represented by the Air Jordan 7 “Doernbecher” designed by Damien Phillips, a 10-year-old boy who is suffering from hemophilia. Along with the Chicago Bulls-inspired colorway featured here, Damien apparently also designed an “Alternate” iteration that will receive a limited release.
Nike Doernbecher Collection
Release Date: December 17th, 2016