Oregon to wear uniforms designed by child cancer survivors
EUGENE, Ore. - When the Ducks take the field against Nebraska at Autzen Stadium on September 9, Oregon football will be out to do more than beat former Beavers coach Mike Riley and Cornhuskers.
The Ducks will be out to help OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital fight cancer.
In their corner: Nike - and a team of young cancer survivors.
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients have teamed up with Nike designers and developers for 14 years to develop footwear and apparel collections to raise money for medical research and equipment.
To date, that effort has raised nearly $17 million.
"This year, Nike wanted to take the program further," the Beaverton-based company said in a press release. "Much further."
Nike invited University of Oregon student athletes to team up with child cancer survivors and Nike designers to build a uniform for the Duck football team.
The teams formed in May and got to work.
“This is the first time we brought in football athletes to collaborate with kids on a full head to toe system of dress,” said Paul Sullivan, the University of Oregon Art Director for Nike.
Three teams formed to design the uniforms and gear for fans.
Joe MacDonald, 14, of Gresham teamed up with Justin Hollins, a UO defensive lineman; and Risa Beck, a footwear color designer from Nike. Macdonald was diagnosed with Burkitt leukemia.
Sophia Malinoski, 10, of Portland worked with offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and Nike graphic designer Ryan Wilmot. Malinoski was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Ethan Frank, 13, of Medford formed a team with defensive back Khalil Oliver and Sara Cruthers, a senior product designer for Nike. Frank was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
“Each one of these Doernbecher designers brought in a tremendous amount of work, and it was really mind-blowing to think of all the unique creativity that they each have,” Sullivan said.
The Ducks will take the field in the uniforms at Autzen against Nebraska.
The fan gear will be available September 4 on nike.com and in some retail stores.
Proceeds from sales will benefit a pediatric cancer fund at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.