Nike’s annual Doernbecher Freestyle event has raised more than $29 million for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since 2003 to protect the health of children in Oregon, southwest Washington, and beyond. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Doernbecher Freestyle wasn’t able to host patient designers, but Nike and OHSU delivered a tribute to the event by creating an Air Jordan I “What The” Doernbecher, featuring elements from each of the program’s 14 Air Jordan designs.
This year, we weren’t able to have patient-designers, but that didn’t stop us from celebrating, because it’s an annual moment that the kids, the sneaker community and Doernbecher circles on their calendars — as well as all of us at the company. We took it as an opportunity to celebrate prior patient-designers and their inspiring stories, culminating those details into a ‘What The’ design. – Eric Sandy, Color Design Director for Jordan Brand
In honor of the 17th year of the program, only 17 pairs of the Air Jordan I “What The” Doernbecher were created.
The first Air Jordan I “What The” Doernbecher, with a custom lasered box, was expected to be auctioned off during the Virtually Freestyle event on February 25. However, due to suspicious bidding, the OHSU Foundation halted the process of Thursday’s Virtually Freestyle auction and is actively working to verify the authenticity of uncharacteristically high bids.
To have enough time to reaffirm the validity and security of this and future online bidding processes, the OHSU Foundation has postponed the online auction of the sixteen remaining pairs of the Air Jordan I “What The” Doernbecher previously scheduled to begin on February 26.