TOM Gist: Nike Unveils 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection

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Preview this year’s Doernbecher Collection.

Nike has teamed up with the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Foundation for the 13th year, giving patients from OHSU Doernbecher a chance to design their own footwear and apparel.

The annual Doernbecher Freestyle Program has generated $14 million for the hospital over the years and this year’s collection has finally been revealed.Featured in the 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection is the Air Jordan 7, Nike Kyrie 2, Air Huarache, Air Max Zero and the Stefan Janoski Max L DB.

All of the sneakers and gear will be releasing on December 17th on nike.com , SNKRS, and at select Nike and partner retail locations across the U.S. with 100% of the proceeds benefiting OHSU Doernbecher.

Check out this year’s DB Freestyle Collection in the gallery above and find out about the designers and their inspiration below, per Nike:

1) Air Jordan 7 – Designed by Damien Phillips, 10
“My primary inspirations for the shoe were a guitar and Chicago’s basketball team. I had an amazing experience doing something I’ve never done before. It surprised me that I got such an amazing team and had so many options for a shoe. My favorite part of the shoe-making process was choosing the material. It positively impacted my life through meeting new people and getting me out in the world.”

2) Nike Kyrie 2 – Designed by Andy Grass, 11
“The inspiration of my shoe was to honor all of the people who helped me during my recovery. I chose many different symbols and colors to represent these people and communities. My favorite part of the design process was all the times I got to meet with my team and collaborate with them on how to make my shoe better. It made me feel like I was an adult, because they really listened to me and didn’t ignore my ideas.”

3) Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra – Designed by Braylin Soon, 10
“[My inspirations were] Kermit, the beautiful things I saw in New York and my stay at Doernbecher. I didn’t know Nike had a big library of fabric. The thousands of swatches were amazing. I got the chance to do something even adults don’t get to do, and my shoe will help other kids. That’s pretty cool!”

4) Nike Air Max Zero QS – Designed by Chase Swearingen, 14
“I love lighthouses and building blocks. It was amazing that the team took my designs and made them real life. I was proud and never thought I would be able to design my own shoe. I can do anything now!”

5) WMNS Nike Air Max Zero QS – Designed by Chehayla Hyatt, 10
“I had no inspiration, except for having fun and letting my mind barf all over the shoe! The only part with a great inspiration is the soul of theshoe (inside)! I want people to know that this is a very lucky and rare experience for children to do.”

6) Nike Stefan Janoski Max L DB – Designed by Corwin Carr, 12
“My inspiration was airplanes! I love
airplanes. The bigger the better. I’m going to be a pilot and fly anywhere I want to go. I loved visiting the Nike campus and seeing the Nike plane.”

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