Nike Unveils Doernbecher Freestyle XVIII 2023 Collection

Nike has officially unveiled its Doernbecher Freestyle 2023 (XVIII) collection that includes designs by Coley Miller, Dario Villaseñor Valdivia, Emerson Harrell, Jaren Heacock, Kylee Young, and Riddhi Mahajan.

The footwear collection includes the Nike Air Foamposite One, Nike Air Huarache, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Zoom Vomero 5, Nike Air Presto, and the Air Jordan 1 Low.

Doernbecher Freestyle is a unique partnership between NIKE, Inc. and Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital that began in 2004 and has raised nearly $31 million for the hospital since its inception. Each year, the program gives six OHSU Doernbecher patients the opportunity to create inspiring Nike footwear, apparel and equipment designs that are auctioned and sold to benefit the hospital as a signature fundraiser.

After three years of going virtual, the auction is back in-person tonight, October 28th and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the Freestyle products with all donations supporting the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XVIII 2023 Release Date

Look for the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XVIII Collection to release early 2023 at select retailers and Nike.com (SNKRS).

Coley Miller
Age: 11
Hometown: Chiloquin, Oregon
Diagnosis: Kidney transplant
Shoe: Nike Air Foamposite One “Doernbecher”
Release Date: 2023
Price: TBA

As a proud member of the Klamath Tribes, Coley Miller found plenty of design inspiration within her culture. Her Air Foamposite One features a basket weave graphic that incorporates a quail plume and the Klamath mountains. The night sky graphics are inspired by stargazing with her mother, who donated one of her kidneys to Coley. As for the phrase “ho mas gi” on the outsole, that’s a reminder to Just Do It in Coley’s Klamath language.

Dario Villaseñor Valdivia
Age: 13
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
Diagnosis: Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia
Shoe: Nike Air Huarache “Doernbecher”
Release Date: 2023
Price: TBA

When Dario received a bone marrow transplant seven years ago to treat his leukemia, his body attacked the donor cells, leaving his lungs severely damaged. But throughout it all, this good-natured guy has remained Siempre Fuerte (Always Strong). Dario’s Air Huarache is a nod to some of his favorite things in life: oranges, his long-haired plush toy and creating stick animation for his YouTube channel.

Emerson Harrell
Age: 15
Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon
Diagnosis: Inflammatory bowel disease
Shoe: Nike Air Max 90 “Doernbecher”
Release Date: 2023
Price: TBA

Emerson Harrell is a witty, energetic teen who loves playing video games, watching sports and collecting sneakers (ten pairs and counting!). Now Emerson can add another pair to his prized collection—his own Air Max 90s. They are inspired by his dream of becoming an investor and feature money graphics on the Swoosh. The phrase Bear Down is a shout-out to Emerson’s beloved Arizona Wildcats, as well as a rally cry for all of life’s challenges.

Jaren Heacock
Age: 10
Hometown: Springfield, Oregon
Diagnosis: Cleft palate
Shoe: Nike Zoom Vomero 5 “Doernbecher”
Release Date: 2023
Price: TBA

You heard it here first: the future will be assembled by Jaren Heacock. Equal parts energy and ideas, he loves creating, coding and building robots. Jaren’s Zoom Vomero 5 captures his inventive spirit with interchangeable patches and honors his Chinese heritage with dragon-inspired design cues. Look inside the shoe, and you’ll find what matters most to Jaren—the names of his siblings.

Kylee Young
Age: 12
Hometown: Ridgefield, Washington
Diagnosis: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) survivor
Shoe: Nike Air Presto “Doernbecher”
Release Date: 2023
Price: TBA

Get ready to walk on sunshine because Kylee “Cookie” Young’s colorful shoe is all about happy vibes. A childhood infection left Kylee paralyzed and unable to speak, but this never-give-up girl knows exactly how to get her message across. Her Nike Air Presto features all the things that bring her joy, like springtime, flowers and especially cookies.

Riddhi Mahajan
Age: 15
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Diagnosis: Cystic fibrosis
Shoe: Air Jordan 1 Low “Doernbecher”
Release Date: 2023
Price: TBA

Riddhi Mahajan is a bright, articulate teen who radiates positivity wherever she goes—and she designed her Air Jordan 1 Lows to do the same. The phrase Brand New Day is a reminder that there’s always something to look forward to, while the ombre laces represent a sunrise. Riddhi’s eternally positive mindset has already helped her tackle some big goals, like earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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