The Genealogy of Air Jordan Goes Freestyle

Nike Doernbecher Freestyle 2021 Air Jordan I What The Doernbecher 9

Last year paused the annual Doernbecher Freestyle program, but not its sense of possibility, as seen in the uniquely inspired “What The” Doernbecher edition of the classic Air Jordan I Retro High OG model. The AJ I “What The” celebrates the 14 patient-designers from across the genealogy of Air Jordan Doernbecher editions, incorporating elements from each of their original Air Jordan Doernbecher designs.

The Nike and 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. For its 17th year, Doernbecher Freestyle releases an unforgettable tribute to former patient-designers, seen through the vault of Air Jordan: 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,” says Eric Sandy, Color Design Director for Jordan Brand. “We took it as an opportunity to celebrate prior patient-designers and their inspiring stories, culminating those details into a ‘What The’ design.”

See How the 14 Designs Appear in the Air Jordan I “What The” Doernbecher

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 auctioned off during the Virtually Freestyle event on Feb. 25. The remaining 16 pairs will later be auctioned on eBay, and all proceeds from the sale of the AJ1 “What The” Doernbecher pairs will benefit OHSU Doernbecher patients and staff in a variety of different ways – from the delivery of advanced clinical treatment to the emotional support that helps to lift spirits and spread hope.