Lacrosse Emoji to Hit Phones in iOS 12.1

The image of the lacrosse emoji was released by Apple on Tuesday, signaling that it will be part of the iOS 12.1 update coming soon.

Lacrosse world, you’ve been waiting for our own emoji. Countless calls for the lacrosse emoji have gone out over social media for years.

By now, we know that the lacrosse emoji is coming. It was approved as part of the Unicode 11.0 update and was slated to hit phones this fall. A version of the lacrosse emoji came to Twitter this summer, causing fans around the world to get even more excited.

Today, news broke that the lacrosse emoji will be part of the iOS 12.1 update, which will include all 70 new emojis that will hit iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac as early as this month. In addition, Apple released the image of the lacrosse emoji for the first time.

The lacrosse emoji, part of Emoji 11.0, was not included in the iOS 12.0 update. But with the news that it will join iOS 12.1 and not 12.2, the timeline is pushed forward.

The lacrosse stick uses a blue head and a white ball — contrary to previous renderings which included a red head and orange ball.  Either way, fans across the world will be able to use the emoji within weeks — or days. The wait is almost over, lacrosse fans.

That wait has continued for almost two years, since Nicole Bohorad helped spearhead an application process for the lacrosse emoji in the fall of 2016. Bohorad, US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen and Tewaaraton Foundation Executive Director Sarah Aschenbach submitted a 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.

Along with the proposal was a design from former Limestone player Mike Freudiger, which has served as a template from which to work. 

The Unicode Consortium considered the detailed proposal and approved the lacrosse emoji as part of the Unicode 11.0 beta version. Then, it was officially added to Unicode 11.0 earlier this year.

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