It's Official: Lax Emoji Approved by Unicode, To Hit Phones This Fall

One of the renderings for the official lacrosse emoji, set to hit phones in the fall.

It’s official. The lacrosse emoji will hit phones later this year. Rejoice lacrosse world!

Yes, you read that correctly. The lacrosse emoji will be officially added to the Unicode 11.0 update, which may reach phones by September or October. The Unicode Technical Committee met late in January to decide the fate of over prospective emojis, and the lacrosse emoji (labeled U+1F94D LACROSSE STICK AND BALL) made the cut with approximately 157 that will hit iPhones across the world this year.

Along with the lacrosse emoji, iPhone users will see a softball and flying disc among sports emojis approved. Here’s the full list of emojis for Unicode 11.0.

The lacrosse emoji, according to the Emoji subcommittee, was “prioritized for encoding” among eight potential sports emojis based on the “well formed proposal” and the fact that it was one of the most requested emojis in 2017

Way to go, Lacrosse Twitter.

It’s been more than 15 months of work from a handful of individuals — researching the process and submitting a proposal, waiting back for results and watching the lacrosse community react with joy as each step was announced — but the lacrosse emoji campaign is complete.

The #laxemoji campaign and corresponding proposal process was started by Nicole Bohorad in November of 2016. Bohorad, with the backing of US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen and Tewaaraton Foundation Executive Director Sarah Aschenbach, submitted a detailed proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that receives proposals from all over the world and standardizes text like emojis for global software use.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the lacrosse community to finally have its own emoji,” Bohorad said. “With emojis being used across languages, this is a monumental step for the sport gaining mainstream popularity across the globe.  We're very hopeful that this will be a catalyst in continuing to grow lacrosse through many forms of digital communication and technology platforms.”

“It’s great that lacrosse has been recognized formally as a tangible piece of social media vernacular,” Stenersen said.  “Many thanks to those whose creativity and passion led to this cultural milestone.”

Along with the proposal was a potential design, created by former Limestone player Mike Freudiger. From the two renderings Freudiger submitted — one NCAA regulation and one traditional wooden stick — the lacrosse emoji will look similar to the modern design.

“If you have the chance to grow the game internationally, and you have the opportunity to add a little picture of lacrosse to every smartphone and software and social media platform in the world, it definitely couldn’t hurt,” Freudiger said.

The news comes after the lacrosse world heard in December that the sport’s emoji was included in the beta version of Unicode 11.0 along with dozens of other potential emojis. 

Now that it is officially becoming an emoji, the prospect of the lacrosse stick and ball reaching phones across the world has many excited for the future.

"We can't wait to see how the lacrosse world makes use of the lacrosse emoji," Aschenbach said. "Looking forward to seeing it all over social media and the impact it will have on growing the game."

As for now, lacrosse fans will  anxiously await the Emoji 11.0 update. 


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