Creative writing classes launched in Los Angeles this week for fans who have a disability.
The classes, organized by the NFLPA and the National Disability Employment Network, offer workshops to help athletes and coaches find ways to communicate and communicate more.
It is the latest effort to offer creative writing workshops to athletes and their families, as well as coaches and front office executives.
“The goal is to help people with disabilities access the tools they need to get the job done and have a chance to succeed,” NFLPA Creative Director Alex Gebbia told ESPN.
“We have a variety of tools available that people can use to get creative, but there are also ways that they can be better.”
The classes will be offered at The Library of Congress, the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art.
Students will have access to video-based instruction, such as interactive playlists, game development, writing prompts, and the opportunity to collaborate on projects, according to the NFL’s website.
“For many people, their lives are impacted by physical limitations,” Gebbi said.
“Our job is to be able to help them be successful.”
The NFLPA is partnering with the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Association of Cartoonists and Authors, and others on the initiative.
The NFL has not officially announced the launch of a class.
“Many people with physical limitations have limited communication abilities, and many are reluctant to engage in creative projects,” Gabbia said.
“[In] some cases, the work that is best is not always possible.
We have seen that in the sports world.
The leagues have taken this issue seriously and have taken steps to help players communicate with others who have disabilities.”
The workshops will be held at The National Disability Empowerment Center in Los Gatos, California.
The center, which is operated by the National Coalition for Disability Equity, provides free workshops for athletes and family members of people with intellectual disabilities.
For more information, visit ndcee.org.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.