What happens when 14 iconic Freestyle design elements come together in one shoe? 
A special-edition Air Jordan 1 “What The” Doernbecher that helps to save lives.

What The

In celebration of its 17th year, the Doernbecher Freestyle program unveiled an unforgettable tribute, not only to its nearly 100 alumni patient-designers, but to every single child that receives care at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Featuring some of the most memorable elements from each of the program’s 14 previous Air Jordan designs, the exclusive Air Jordan 1 “What The” Doernbecher represents the teamwork and creative spirit of the Doernbecher Freestyle program. 



The Power of

More than $30 million raised since 2003

The limited-run Air Jordan 1 “What The” Doernbecher was revealed in February, 2021 during a special online event called Virtually Freestyle. Donor gifts, sponsorships and proceeds from an eBay auction - featuring 17 pairs of the coveted AJ 1 “What The” Doernbecher, and exclusive Doernbecher Freestyle apparel - raised more than $1.1 million to support OHSU Doernbecher. When coupled with a more than $1.8 million gift from Nike and its retail partners Shoe Palace, Sneaker Room and DTLR  from the retail sales of the 2019 Doernbecher Freestyle collection,  the cumulative total raised by the Doernbecher Freestyle program is now more than $30 million.

Read a statement about the February 25 Virtually Freestyle online auction.


Each year, hospital physicians, nurses and staff nominate patients ages 8-15 to participate in Doernbecher Freestyle. The selected designers work side by side with dedicated Nike design and development teams to brainstorm ideas, choose materials and work with vendors to make each kid’s story come to life through shoe and apparel collections. The designs are revealed for the first time at the Doernbecher Freestyle unveiling and auction in November. 

Our Goal:
Healthy Kids

These remarkable young designers have each faced serious illness and now have the opportunity to inspire others and help kids at the same hospital that changed their lives. Nike donates one hundred percent of profits from Doernbecher Freestyle to support clinical care, help cover the cost of care for families in need, and expand pioneering research that benefits children around the world.


Give Online Other ways to give
loading animation

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our privacy policy. You can change your cookies settings at any time through your browser settings.