Texas Tech University

Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness

COVID-19 Update:

Burkhart Center Friends, Family, and Colleagues,

Following the CDC's and Texas Tech University's most recent recommendations, we are deeply saddened to announce that our 15th Annual Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness set for April 26th is canceled.

The Burkhart Center will still celebrate Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day throughout the month of April with a digital approach. We encourage you to join us online by following our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can read the Burkhart Center's Coronavirus Update here and our full statement regarding the Autism Awareness Walk cancellation here.

For more information about the Texas Tech University response to the COVID-19 situation, and for the most recent details about that response, please visit the university FAQ here



April 26th, 2020
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
John Walker Soccer Complex
Texas Tech University

Every year hundreds of families attend the Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness! 

On this day, we walk to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders while celebrating the lives of individuals living with autism, their families, and the professionals who work with them. This is a kid-friendly event, and you will find inflatables, games, and other activities for children. We hope to have special appearances from the Masked Rider, Raider Red, TTU Student-Athletes, TTU Head Coaches, and even a few Star Wars and Disney characters! In addition, agency representatives and autism service providers will be on hand to share information about resources available in our community. Free t-shirts will be distributed while supplies last.

All proceeds from this year's event will fund programming at the Burkhart Center. Our mission is to increase the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families by providing services, preparing educators and conducting research.

The walk is held at the TTU John Walker Soccer Complex. Please note, there are no pets or food allowed inside the soccer complex.

More walk information and registration details will be released closer to April 2020.

2019 Walk for Autism Awareness

coach wells


2019 Walk Sponsors 


  • Burkhart Enterprises, Inc.
  • KLBK
  • KAMC
  • JP's Fundwear
  • S.S. Foundation 
  • Handwrite

KLBK KAMC JP's fundwear handwrite


  • Prosperity Bank
  • Blue Star Endowment
  • Amerigroup
  • Dalby Correctional Facility
  • Frank & Windy Sitton
  • Behavioral Innovations

Prosperity Bank LogoBlue Star EndowmentAmerigroup logo

Dalby Correctional Facility logoBehavioral Innovations


  • Alderson Auto Group
  • Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Lubbock
  • Arctic Glacier
  • Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
  • High Point Village
  • Collision King Repair Center
  • Building Blocks Toy Store
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mike Field

Alderson logoBrain Balance Achievement Centers of LubbockArctic Glacier logoCoca-Cola SW BeveragesHigh Point Village collision king logo building blocks logo

Special Thanks To:

  • Scout Troop 157
  • Texas Tech Athletics
  • Spoil Me Rotten Party & Event Rentals
  • Main Event Entertainment 
  • Golf Headquarters
  • 4ORE Golf!
  • Lubbock Grader Blade, Inc.
  • Abuelo's
  • Orlando's Italian Restaurants
  • Caprock Cafe

Photos From Past Walks

team ABC 2017
Team ABC, formed in honor of Aiden Carter
Team Elijah's Crew
Team Elijah's Crew
Team Kendall's Krew
Team Kendall's Krew
Team Pals DC
Team Pals DC
Team Ellie
Team Ellie
Team There's Something About Mary

Team There's Something About Mary