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Doernbecher Freestyle: Designing for Kicks - Design Week Portland

The Doernbecher Freestyle program to be included in Design Week Portland!

Join us on Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ziba Design auditorium for Doernbecher Freestyle: Designing for Kicks, a panel discussion that will reunite Doernbecher designers with their Nike shoe and apparel design teams to talk about how they worked together toward a common goal: helping kids. 

More information and tickets available here.


Save the date for Doernbecher Freestyle XIV on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum!

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle. Download the sponsorship packet or contact Sarah Larson at 503-552-0692 or with questions.

Learn about the 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Designers

Six patients from across Oregon have designed Nike footwear and apparel to benefit Doernbecher Children's Hospital which were revealed on October 27, 2016. The Doernbecher Freestyle program honors the strength, spirit, and creativity of these young patients. Now in its 14th year, the program has raised nearly $17 million to advance the cause of children's health. Meet this year's designers, and find out what makes them unstoppable. Read about Damien, Corwin, Chehayla, Braylin, Chase and Andy and see their designs on

2016 Freestyle designers

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 14th year, this extraordinary program has raised nearly $17 million for the hospital, which uses the funds for everything from clinical programs and hospital construction to providing care for uninsured children.

The 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle collection will be available beginning December 17 on, SNKRS, at select Nike and partner retail locations throughout the U.S. (including Shoe Palace, Villa and Elite Mr. Alan's), with 100% of proceeds from the sales of the collection benefiting OHSU Doernbecher.

Support the Doernbecher Freestyle Program

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle. Download the sponsorship packet or contact Sarah Larson at 503-552-0692 or with questions.

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A special thank you to our 2016 Event Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsor
Wentworth SubaruCity

Gold Sponsors
Maletis Beverage

Silver Sponsors
The Mary & Brot Bishop Family
Bulldog Capital Partners
Downtown Development Group
Jim Fisher Volvo
North Highland
Precision Body & Paint
Ziba Design

Bronze Sponsors
(w)here Real Estate
Bruggere Family Foundation
D.A. Davidson & Co.
Geni and Kevin Director
The Mark & Ann Edlen Family
The Ehlen Family
Jim Flynn
Judi Inglis
MeyerPro, Inc.
Naturally Knotty Designs
New & Neville Real Estate Services
The Partners Group
Skanska USA Building
Timber Products Company

For event details and program information, please contact Sarah Larson at 503 552-0692 or

Thank you to our In-Kind Sponsors

Avive Design
B&B Print Source
Lynn Bousquet
Jimmy Chung
Dan Root Photography
Digital One
Eastside Distilling
Marie Foley
Tom Grissom
Koerner Camera Systems
Laura Kringen
Bill Limbocker
Maletis Beverage
Market of Choice
More Than Light, LLC
Sam Naiman
New Deal Vodka
Ian Stout