Deloitte recently reached the $1 million fundraising mark for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society initiative called Team in Training where employees raise funds and complete a marathon, half marathon, century ride or a triathlon.
Robin Lineberger, chief executive officer of Deloitte Federal Government Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP, accepted an award from LLS in recognition of this milestone at The Nation's Triathlon Inspiration Dinner Sept. 8 in Washington.
Lineberger told GovCon Executive that Deloitte first entered a team for the LLS Corporate Team in Training initiative in 2008, with a team of 22 employees.
“I wanted to help Deloitte team members get engaged in personal health through training and fitness and also in raising money for leukemia,“ said Lineberger, who joined the firm in 2009 when Deloitte acquired BearingPoint.
In the “CEO Profile” feature of GovCon Exec magazine‘s spring issue, Lineberger discusses his approach to philanthropy which includes helping veterans and how endurance athletics factor into that (click here for the full profile).
Lineberger, who has a family member that survived cancer, said he initially became involved with the LLS through his colleague Dan Johnson, who was on the organization's executive committee.
Nearly 400 Deloitte employees from 39 offices nationwide have worked to raise funds for curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, as well as to help improve the quality of life for patients and their families through Team in Training events since 2009.
“This is a good reflection of the commitment of our employees to both fundraising and their personal health,“ he said of reaching the $1 million mark. “It's really a result of their tremendous hard work and accomplishments.“
Last year, Lineberger served as chairman of LLSs' Leukemia Ball for the national capital region, which raised more than $3 million from all participants.
In 2010, he co-captained Deloitte's team for The Nation's Triathlon with Team In Training, comprised of a one-mile swim, 25-mile cycling route and a 6.2 mile run.
To prepare, Lineberger said he worked to increase his endurance in the running and cycling segments and learn how to do them back-to-back.
“The Team In Training volunteers were tremendous. They coached me through my training for the swim events,“ he said. “They organize and coach you through the process to prepare you to go the distance for your event and to get your wetsuit on and off quickly.“
Lineberger also worked with triathlon coaches on endurance swimming in open water by training in the Niantic River in Connecticut.
For his next physical and philanthropy activity, Lineberger plans to take part in a 100-mile cycling event with Team In Training next year.
Upcoming LLS fundraising events include the Rock “˜n Roll USA Marathon & ½ on March 16 in Washington, the Nike Women's Marathon on April 28 in Washington and three Light the Night events in the region.
The first Light the Night event will occur on Oct. 6 in Rockville, the second on Oct. 13 at Freedom Plaza in Washington and the last on Oct. 20 at Reston Town Center in Reston, Va.