The Endowment Association helps to sponsor many activities and events. It is important for our clients to be a part of the community. These are some special community events and activities as well as other special in-house events that our clients participate in.

Gary J. Daniels Sunbelt Rodeo
A two day event that offers the thrills of rodeo competition to individuals with developmental disabilities. Participants are divided into four divisions based on riding skills and compete in goat tying, horsemanship, trail course, flag racing, pole bending, barrel racing, keyhole, and mechanical bull riding.

Special Olympics
A year-round program of sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for individuals with mental retardation. The program provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships. For more information concerning Special Olympics Kansas Southeast check out

Both Labette Community College and Parsons High School provide complimentary tickets to sporting events, plays and productions.

Service Clubs
The local Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary Clubs provide tickets to their annual pancake, chili and bean feeds.

Toby's Amusements
Twice a year the clients are invited to Toby's carnival for an afternoon of free rides and refreshments.

Field Trips
Many field trips are scheduled and some of the favorites include trips to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals games, Worlds of Fun, Silver Dollar City, Kansas City river boats, Pro Bass Shop in Springfield, Church camps, vacations to different destinations and much more.

Parents' Day Open House
Parents, guardians, and friends are invited to visit the campus and learn more about programs and training, as well as tour cottages, vocational sites and leisure areas.

Endowment Committee
The purpose of this organization is maintain a fund to pay for projects, entertainment, and equipment that benefits the individuals at PSH&TC.

Advisory Board
The board is a group who advise the administration on matters pertaining to programs and community relations that represent the parents and clients of persons served by the facility.

Operation Santa
A program sponsored by KKOW Radio station in Pittsburg that provides Christmas gifts for our clients. The program has operated for over 25 years.

Field Work/Internships
Stipends are available to students who are required to complete a work study program. Inquiries should be made to the Chief Psychologist.

Campus Tours
Tours of the campus and observations of training programs are provided upon request. To schedule a campus visit contact the Director of Volunteer Services at 620-421-6550 extension 1726.

University of Kansas Partnership
PSH&TC has been a partner with the University of Kansas (KU) since the mid 1950's when the first federal research grant was awarded to PSH&TC and KU. The two agencies are known internationally for the pioneering work done on the communication, learning and behavior problems of individuals with severe disabilities.

The mission of the volunteer program is to provide an opportunity for individuals at the center to experience the relationship of friends, participate in community programs, and supplement ongoing hospital programs while at the same time allow the local community an opportunity to learn, accept and contribute to the lives of individuals with mental retardation.

For information on how to become a volunteer, contact the Director of Volunteer Services at 620-421-6550 extension 1726.