In episode one of Logo's new reality show Shirts & Skins , we were introduced to the Rockdogs, an all-star gay basketball team with aspirations of winning the National Gay Basketball Championship in Chicago. Last week, openly gay former NBA player John Amaechi stopped by to offer some guidance both on and off the court. Amaechi watched the team play, suggested a few technical tips and then visited the guys at their house. "I don't think you guys realize how powerful and influential you can be," Amaechi told the Rockdogs, explaining their potential to serve as role models to young gay athletes. While he gave the players insight into thinking of themselves as role models, he also encouraged the athletes to stay true to themselves. I love the fact Amaechi reinforced the idea these athletes don't have to live by any stereotype. He told them to be authentic - themselves - whoever that may be.