By now most of you have heard that one of UND’s current players, Hunter Pinke, was injured in a skiing accident recently. Pinke, a senior TE, was skiing in Keystone when it happened.
Pinke suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he collided with another skier, forcing Pinke towards a tree and seriously injuring him. But to no surprise of anybody who knew Pinke, he wanted to make sure the other skier felt no responsibility for the accident, stating to his mother Katie – “I don’t want him to feel any guilt.”
After 8 hours of surgery, we are now with Hunter in his ICU room where he will be for several days. He has a severe spinal cord injury and a “broken back” as his surgeon said to us.
Hunter has a future but not the one he had planned. Healing prayers appreciated and felt. pic.twitter.com/6SEoop2qXP
— Katie Pinke (@katpinke) December 28, 2019
A GoFundMe account has been setup in Pinke’s name. The account currently has over $72,000 in less than two days. But, more is needed so anything you can give, if you haven’t already, would be greatly appreciated by the Pinke family.
Pinke, 6’5″-243, has been a locker room leader and spiritual leader on the team since his arrival on campus. Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, among other organizations, the standout from Wishek, ND has been an exemplary teammate and representative of UND Athletics and the school itself. Pinke majored in Mechanical Engineering.