Having re-released five Doernbecher Freestyle classics over the past few months, Nike‘s latest footwear release for the program is a brand new take on the Air Jordan 5 that pays homage to Isaac Arzate. A talented young athlete on both the baseball diamond and basketball court, Isaac was admitted to the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest at basketball practice in January of 2012. Doctors then discovered a previously undetected abnormality that is one of the leading causes for heart attacks in children. While recovering from open-heart surgery, Isaac began working on sketches for a special edition Air Jordan 5 before he tragically passed away from a second heart attack in April of 2012. Inspired by his passion and spirit, Nike and OHSU Doernbecher continued working with Isaac’s family, ultimately using his original sketches to complete his design. The resulting Jordans feature a black patent leather upper covered in a black light ink-printed poem Isaac wrote just a day before his passing. Isaac’s initials, date of birth, and date of passing all appear on the inside of the tongue while additional details throughout the shoe include his baseball and basketball jersey numbers and glow-in-the-dark accents inspired by his love of video games. Isaac’s take on the Air Jordan 5 is due out September 14 at Nike flagships and online, with all proceeds going to benefit the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
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