Aurora Lighthart, center and punter for the New York Sharks, is from Germantown, NY (Upstate New York). She graduated in December with a BA in Psychology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She is an Emergency Medical Technician with Catskill Ambulance, flutist, and works as a Mental Health Assistant in the Psychiatric Unit at Columbia Memorial Hospital. In the Fall, she will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to pursue a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology.
She met team owner Andra Douglas at a party of a mutual friend while discussing other sports. Prior to playing football, she was named MVP for her college softball and soccer teams and was awarded Female Athlete of the Year for High School in 1997 and for College in 1999.
She played three seasons for the Sharks.
“On a personal note I would like to address to the fans what this season and the future seasons mean to me. Everything I do this season will be in memory of Sharon Pascale (#51) and my sister Rosine Lighthart. Sharon was one of my best friends and gave me the strength and confidence to push myself to do better on the football field. She was a wonderful person, and loved this game with all of her heart. My sister passed away 7 years ago at the age of 10, due to a drowning accident. Ever since her death, she has been my guardian angel. Now, I know that Sharon is with my sister and that they are both keeping their eye on me, no matter where I am. This season is for you both…. I miss and love you both very much. You are and always will be my angels.”