Mart de Kruif, IF Netherlands, RES ‘03
As a former USAWC student and member of the IF Hall of Fame, I learned about the incredible strength of our soldiers. It pushed me to bring the fifth Invictus Games to The Netherlands in May this year. With a great team, we were ready to cross the Line of Departure, until COVID-19 hit us. But this is not the end. We will work incredibly hard to have the Invictus Games in The Hague in 2021, and we will succeed. Because we are the Masters of our fate, the Captains of our soul!
The Invictus Games bring together over 500 competitors from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports. It is the only international, adaptive, multi-sport event in which wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, and indoor rowing. Originally held in London in 2014 as a one-time event, but since then in Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017, and Sydney in 2018, the Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.
LGen (Ret) Mart C. de Kruif
Resident Class of 2003, Seminar 8
Royal Netherlands Army
The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Chairman