Each year, Nike and Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital give six brave young patients an opportunity to design unique products that are auctioned and sold to benefit the hospital. Since 2004, the Nike x Doernbecher Freestyle program has raised nearly $31 million dollars and garnered notoriety as one of the most anticipated sneaker events each year. After going virtual for the past three years due to COVID-19, the annual auction returns to its in-person format tonight at the Portland Art Museum.
Sneakers and apparel designed by Coley Miller, Riddhi Mahajan, Emerson Harrell, Dario Villaseñor Valdivia, Kylee Young, and Jaren Heacock will be up for grabs, with all donations supporting the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The lineup consists of the Nike Air Foamposite One, Air Jordan 1 Low, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Air Huarache, Nike Air Presto, and Nike Zoom Vomero 5. In addition to tonight’s auctions, the Doernbecher Freestyle XVIII Collection will be available to purchase on SNKRS, the Nike app, nike.com, and select retailers in early 2023.
Meet this year’s patient designers and see their sneakers for the first time below.