Baribeau On Career Change: "We're Just Scratching The Surface"

Sportscaster turned motivational speaker Rachel Baribeau dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss her career change and the impact it has had on others

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 10, 2020 - 8:50 am
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Sportscaster turned motivational speaker Rachel Baribeau dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss her career change and her venture, I’m Changing The Narrative, among other topics.

Baribeau served as a sportscaster for nearly 20 years before changing careers.

“In 2016, we were on the heels of Penn State and we were right in the thick of Baylor,” Baribeau said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I remember there were guys getting in trouble across the country, and it was domestic violence, sexual violence – big issues. I remember thinking I knew there were great guys that were coaching and playing but were getting painted with a broad brush for people that were not doing it the right way. So in 2016, I was just audacious enough to believe that I could affect change. I started this crazy movement, at that time, called Changing The Narrative. It was purpose, passion, platform: What would you do if you weren’t on the field or the track or the pool? What were you born for? Because you weren’t born just to play sports.”

As time went on, Baribeau decided to focus less on the player and more on the person.

“I had been analyzing and breaking down players for 17 years, and I really felt like it was time to motivate and lift up,” she said. “So I made one of the toughest decisions of my life and I walked away from sportscasting to do this full-time.”

Baribeau has spoken at more than 40 schools, including Florida State, Clemson, Alabama and LSU. She broaches many difficult topics, including her experience with domestic violence.

“The movement has really grown,” she said. “It’s not just football teams; it’s all sports. . . . Then it expanded to mental health. We have to start addressing self-care and mental care. It’s been a beautiful ride. We’ve done so much, but I feel like we’re really just scratching the surface because now we’re expanding out beyond just colleges and getting into corporations and [the] Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s really an evergreen message. . . . It’s just about life. All these pitfalls, highs, lows, all of it together has combined to make this incredible story. I’m just very blessed that I get to go and tell it across the country.”