While thousands of individuals, families and communities continue to deal with the reality left behind by Hurricane Harvey, I remain overcome with feelings of despair and helplessness as the reports, videos and pictures of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters events remain vividly etched in my mind.

It really hit hard when the city of Port Arthur fell victim to the flooding, as this is the hometown of former Golden State Warriors player Stephen Jackson, a standout guard on the “We Believe” team that captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with their best David-versus- Goliath impression during the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

Jackson was extremely proud of his roots and often spoke of the role it played in giving him the grit and determination that enabled him to grind out a productive 14-year career.

It enabled him with the spirit to endure professional playing stints in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Australia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic in the three years immediately following his NBA Draft selection in 1997 — before finally earning an NBA roster spot with the New Jersey Jets in 2001.

He would talk proudly about his summer trips home to host camps and other events to benefit the youth of his beloved community.

Though the spirit of Jackson’s community has been severely bruised – if not broken – and many have literally been pushed to the psychological edge of no return, Jackson vows that he will find a way to help lead the way back despite the fact that his opponent in this battle is unlike any he’s ever faced.

You have to know the fierce competitive spirit of Jackson to understand why I would never bet against him. His logic as to why Port Arthur will come together and rise up past the recent community devastation of Harvey – simply put “We Believe.”

Texas and the Napa wine industry

Please allow this to serve as a friendly public service announcement of how important our friends in the Lone Star State have been to our billion-dollar industry.

We should brace ourselves for the trickle-down economic effect of a percentage of those discretionary funds being re-directed to support communities like Port Arthur.

NCC at the PGA’s Safeway Open:

Only 30 of 40 highly coveted spots in the NCC Golf Tournament at the 2017 PGA/Safeway Open remain. The tournament is played on the South Course at Silverado Resort and Spa on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Interested participants should contact Lura Compoginis at lura@napachamber.com ASAP.

More NCC/member upcoming events:

Join us for Business After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at CRU at the Annex at the Oxbow Market.

Enjoy amazing wines of Vineyard 29 and the photography of Bob McClenehan. Labor Law Seminar featuring Rick Rybicki, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Napa Valley Marriott from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Redwood Credit Union is hosting “An Evening with Jean Chatzky.”

The financial editor of the Today Show on NBC will conduct a free financial wellness seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College from 7 to 9 p.m. For more details and reservations to any of these and other NCC events, please go to napachamber.com.

Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit napachamber.com.