Patrick Watkins #25 of the Dallas Cowboys pulls the face mask of L.J Smith #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 8, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys' safety and special teams stud Pat Watkins will hold the first annual National HIV Testing Day and 5K at Reverchon Park in Dallas this Saturday through his Purpose With Faith Foundation, in hopes of raising awareness of the disease and encouraging people to get tested.
The 5K run / walk will commence at 8 AM (registration at 7 AM) and costs $25 to register. Those who are unable to participate in the run / walk but wish to make a donation may do so here.
All throughout the event, free, rapid-result HIV testing will be available courtesy of AIDS-Arms, Inc., and there will be prizes and giveaways for those who participate.
Watkins founded Purpose with Faith last year to "impact the community it serves by providing charitable assistance for socio-economically challenged youth." He hopes to use his foundation to forge a lasting bond with the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
"I want to have a long-standing community presence in Dallas,” Watkins said in a statement, per ESPNDallas.com. "In order to that Purpose With Faith will continue to have events, like the 5K, and create programs that have a purpose and make a difference to the health and well-being of the community."