Each hat, hoodie and shoe tells a story. Ninety-seven stories so far, across 16 years. Through them, we come to understand Doernbecher kids. Year after year, these young designers teach us the meaning of grace and courage. And by supporting them, together we have done something extraordinary. With more than $27 million raised, countless kids can now rest easier, in the best of hands, embracing hope and keeping their sights on the future. This is the power of Freestyle.
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.
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.
OUR 2019 DESIGNERS
Each of these remarkable kids has a different story – but they all face life with courage and joy.