Nike and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital unveiled the new Doernbecher Freestyle X collection this weekend, marking the tenth anniversary of the collaborative series that sees current and former Doernbecher patients design special edition shoes for Nike, with the resultant sales benefitting the hospital. We’ll be unveiling all seven shoes over the next day or two, so let’s start it off with one of the highlights, Elijah Diggins’s Nike Air Foamposite One Doernbecher.
Elijah went to Doernbecher to undergo chemotherapy for Burkitt’s Leukemia, and he incorporated that experience as well as elements of his personality into the Foamposite’s design. The smiley-face logo that adorns the shoe is his own personal design, spelling out his initials when turned sideways, while a chain-link graphic on the sockliner is inspired by a bracelet his parents gave him when he started chemo.
Overall, the shoe’s exterior sports black detailing on red foam, a nod to LeBron James, Elijah’s favorite player.
The Air Foamposite One Doernbecher release date is set for November 9.