About Doernbecher Freestyle
Doernbecher Freestyle was created in 2004 when Michael Doherty, Nike's Creative Director of Global Brand Presentations and Doernbecher Foundation board member, was talking to his son, Connor, about ways to raise money for the Hospital. Connor had the idea of having Nike create shoes and sell them to raise funds. Michael then invited one of Nike's shoe designers to take a tour of the hospital to inspire him to design a pair of shoes for Doernbecher. It was designer Marcus Tayui's vision to see patients design the shoes with the proceeds benefiting the hospital that in many cases has saved their lives. Now in its ninth year, this extraordinary program has raised nearly $8 million for the hospital, which uses the funds for everything from clinical programs and hospital construction to providing care for uninsured children.
2013 Doernbecher Freestyle Pre-Heat
In honor of the program's 10th year, Nike is re-releasing 5 classic Doernbecher Freestyle Shoes. Learn more about the Doernbecher Freestyle Pre-Heat.
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A special thank you to our 2013 Event Sponsors:
Brot & Mary Bishop
Cliff, Sally & MacGregor Brown
Bruggere Family Foundation
Kevin & Geni Director
The Ehlen Family
Joe & Judy Hanna
Todd & Carrie Stucky
Support the program
If you are unable to make it to the Doernbecher Freestyle auction in September but still want to support the program, you can donate online.