Badgers share special bond with their "hydration specialist" - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Badgers share special bond with their "hydration specialist"

Posted: Updated:

MADISON (WKOW) -- At the Kohl Center is where Gregory Orwin reports to work.

"My job is the hydration specialist. I've been working here for nine years and I'm definitely enjoying it," Orwin said.

At practice and at games, Gregory can be seen behind the Badger men's basketball team's bench, keeping the Wisconsin players fueled.

"I make sure to keep them hydrated so they can continue on with their strategy when they're on the court," Orwin said.

Gregory, who is a UW student, was diagnosed with autism at a young age, but that hasn't kept him from living his life to the fullest.

"I do feel like I'm a big part of this team. They say that I'm their buddy," Orwin said.

"He's very energetic. It's fun to have him around," Badgers forward Ethan Happ said.

"He's great. He always has our water bottles tightly turned. He's always got us ready to go," Badgers guard Zak Showalter said.

Badger wins are exhilarating. The losses, not so much

"One time after we lost a game he actually got so mad that he threw down the water cups," Happ said.

"My boss Henry [UW athletic trainer Henry Perez-Guerra] told me to just let it go and take deep breaths. That way I stay calm and passionate," Orwin said.

Another one of Gregory's passions is art. He draws portraits of every Wisconsin basketball incoming freshman and presents them as a gift. He does the same with every opposing Big Ten coach.

"I just don't want them to feel left out," Orwin said.

That's feeling Gregory never seems to have himself, thanks of course to his Badgers.

"We've been blessed that the coaches and players have been so wonderful to him over the years," Gregory's father John Orwin said.

"I think I've pretty lucky helping out great celebrities. They're just wonderful," Orwin said.

Powered by Frankly