On the fields just south of the Roosevelt Middle School, two ultimate frisbee teams have a new look. It's lime green and it reads: ECONorthwest.
On the weekends the players of Sprawl and Unintended Consequences compete in the City of Eugene Ultimate League. During the week, they shed the neon to work in the community as city planners, economists, and University of Oregon students, staff, and alumni. Many have shown an exemplary commitment to service in the local community; their work ranges from combating underage drinking in Lane County to kick-starting a commercial composting program.
In recognition of these professional and personal contributions, ECONorthwest sponsored the team with new jerseys.
"Before we were wearing ratty, unmatched t-shirts and you couldn't always tell who was on our team," says Michael Weinerman, a player for both teams and a research analyst for ECONorthwest. "Now we can make long-bomb throws with confidence all while the jerseys wick the sweat away!"
The team names and logo--a dinosaur sprawling over a small neighborhood as it unsuccessfully reaches for a frisbee--are both tributes to planning and urban development. Perhaps the lime green is an inadvertant nod to Eugene's nickname, the Emerald City. Or maybe it's just stylish.
The teams are pleased with their seasons thus far. Sprawl currently holds a 6-1 record in the C-League, while Unintended Consequences is tied for last in the B-League, with a 1-6 record.
"As a group, we seem to straddle the B-C League divide," Weinerman says.
On June 3rd, Sprawl will play Hot Lava for a chance to take the C-League Championship title. On the same day, Unintended Consequences will face off against Hammer Time in the 7th/8th place playoff game of the B-League.
After the championships, they'll hang up their jerseys. For now. Because both will return, with a vengence and in lime green, for a new season this fall.