July 10, 2013 BY Brendan Dunne
The rumors were true-the Air Jordan III “Doernbecher” will be back this Summer. The pair is releasing next Saturday, July 20th, at Nikestore’s online hub as well as a handful of Nike spots across the country. When Nike first announced the return of a handful of Doernbecher-patient designed styles it felt like it was only a matter of time before we got the official word of an Air Jordan release among them. Continue reading for a refresher on the Air Jordan III “Doernbecher”, releasing on July 20th, and get the full release info just after the jump.
Cole Johanson participated in the Doernbecher Freestyle program in 2010 and had the opportunity to tell his story through the Air Jordan 3 Retro. A tonal red upper features “COLE” subtly spelled out within a diamond grid pattern, as well as callouts to his two favorite foods (spaghetti and chocolate) behind the pull-tab. But it was two words inscribed on the insole that helped Cole beat his lymphoma: Strength and Courage.
“Those are the two things you need the most,” he said. “Especially courage. I mean, everyone has it, the trick is just not letting it go when hard things happen.” It’s a mantra that Cole continues to embrace as he prepares to start his freshman year at Beaverton High School. He can’t wait to play high school hoops, and, of course, he’ll be rocking a pair of Air Jordans.
Look for Cole Johanson’s limited edition Air Jordan 3 Retro on July 20 at Nike.com and in Nike retail locations across the US. All proceeds benefit the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation and the young patients who need it most.
Cole’s Air Jordan 3 Retro
Nike.com access via @NikeStore Twitter link only
Sizes: 7-13, 14, 15
Limit 1 per customer
Available at NIKETOWN New York, Nike Georgetown, Nike Chicago, Nike Roosevelt Field, Nike Portland, Nike San Francisco, Nike Dallas, NIKETOWN Los Angeles, Nike Lenox and Nike Las Vegas.