The 11-page submission letter is notable for its tone, which vacillates from that of a neglected child ("The number of high schools with lacrosse teams and participants across the U.S. also significantly surpasses that of ice hockey") to a deeply serious historian ("Rooted in centuries of Native American tradition, lacrosse is commonly viewed as founded by the Iroquois Nation, or Haudenosaunee, as a 'gift from the Creator' that binds the community together") to a line in a Wikipedia article ("Lacrosse was featured in the longest-running American sitcom, The Simpsons, on 11/6/16 after 600 episodes and 28 seasons").
But it is a compelling document, complete with charts, testimonials, evidence of the sport's growing global popularity and documentation of previous appeals for lacrosse emojis. There are even ready-made PNG files of the suggested emoji depictions, with traditional- and modern-stick options.
The newest Unicode Standard is set for release in mid-2017, and lacrosse is not yet a candidate for inclusion alongside such other emojis as "Person In Lotus Position." For the sake of everyone playing the fastest-growing sport in America and determined to tweet about it, let's hope it makes the cut.
Only then can we turn our attention to the real emoji quandary, and a deeply personal one at that: Where the redheads at?