Rep. Winfield honored by Special Olympics of Rhode Island

Rep. Winfield honored by Special Olympics of Rhode Island

SMITHFIELD – Rep. Thomas Winfield was honored by Special Olympics Rhode Island on June 2 for his support of the organization and people with intellectual disabilities.

Winfield, who represents the communities of Smithfield and Glocester, was honored with the organization’s “Inspire Greatness” award at its Chairman’s Reception on the day the Special Olympics State Summer Games kicked off.

The award is for individuals or organizations who have made a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Rhode Island CEO Dennis DeJesus said Representative Winfield was selected for the honor in recognition of his “longtime support of the mission and vision of the Special Olympics movement.”

“In our eyes, Tom Winfield has always been a strong advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. He has always been just a phone call away when we need assistance,” said DeJesus.

Winfield said his strong support for people with intellectual disabilities began early in his tenure in the House, when the late Paul V. Sherlock introduced him to his son, Timmy, who has an intellectual disability.

“Paul explained the importance of our work and how it affects people like Timmy. Let’s just say the lesson stuck,” he said.

Representative Winfield, his wife Becky, and their dog Buddy have been making their own contribution to Special Olympics Rhode Island this spring.

Buddy, who is a therapy dog, has a special stick-on applique of himself in cartoon form that the family gives out to those they meet. They have had a special version of the applique with the Rhode Island Special Olympics logo created to bring attention to RISO.

For each sticker given out, the Winfield’s make a donation to the organization.