The world got “The Emoji Movie” before a lacrosse emoji, but at long last, a stick-and-ball pictogram is headed your phone’s way.
The Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit devoted to standardizing emojis across operating systems and hardware, announced Wednesday that a lacrosse emoji will be among a new set of 157 released in Unicode 11.0 this June. The new emojis are expected to show up on mobile phones as early as August or September.
After an emoji was passed over in 2016 while niche sports such as rowing, fencing and darts were recognized, some of lacrosse’s top officials took steps to address the sport’s absence. The executive director of The Tewaaraton Foundation, the president and CEO of US Lacrosse, and a marketing executive teamed with a graphic designer to submit an 11-page application for a lacrosse emoji. They even included an already rendered emoji of a traditional wood stick.
In December, a lacrosse emoji was included in the beta version for Unicode 11.0, and on Wednesday, it joined a release party that included redheads, superheroes, a bagel and a skateboard.
“We couldn’t be more excited for the lacrosse community to finally have its own emoji,” Nicole Bohorad, the marketing executive who oversaw the group’s emoji submission, told US Lacrosse Magazine. “With emojis being used across languages, this is a monumental step for the sport gaining mainstream popularity across the globe.”
The new emojis are expected to show up on mobile phones as early as September — right in time for fall ball.