Six Tigers Named Finalists for Art Lane ’34 Award

Six Princeton student-athletes have been named finalists for the 2024 Art Lane ’34 Award, which is presented annually to undergraduate student-athletes in recognition of selfless contribution to sport and society.

The Art Lane ’34 Award will be presented at the Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 23rd starting at 5:00 p.m. ET. For more information on the 2024 banquet, click here.

Meet the 2024 finalists!

Jen Estes, a senior captain for Princeton women’s soccer, started more than 30 games in her career and helped the Tigers advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during her senior campaign.

Off the pitch, Estes has served as Vice President of the Princeton Best Buddies chapter, co-founding the first-ever Best Buddies Field Day for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Estes has also been an active volunteer with the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry, Reading with the Tigers and several PVC-sponsored youth sports clinics in the local Princeton community.

A strong advocate for social justice, she represented her team on the Ivy League’s 8 Against Hate council. Estes also served her athletics community as a member of Athletes in Action and as Co-President of the Student Athlete Wellness Leaders program, which aims to increase awareness and support around student-athlete mental health and wellness.

From Kirkland, Wash., Estes is an economics major pursuing a certificate in Spanish.

Colin Freer is a senior defenseman for Princeton men’s lacrosse, helping the Tigers to back-to-back Ivy League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his three seasons.

Off the field, Freer reinstituted Princeton University’s chapter of Best Buddies, a national organization that promotes inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In his roles as President, Freer recruited more than 120 active members while overseeing fundraising and event planning, including the first two Best Buddies Field Days on campus. 

As a member of the Student-Athlete Service Council (SASC), Freer has been a constant presence in the community while spearheading new service opportunities for student-athletes across the department. He served as Vice President of the Student-Athlete Wellness Leaders program and collaborated with the Princeton Office of Sustainability to onboard sustainable apparel vendors for the University.

A Westfield, N.J. native, Freer is studying in the School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in environmental studies.

Grace Jackson, a team captain and two-time All-Ivy honoree, led Princeton softball to back-to-back-to-back Ivy League championships and multiple NCAA Tournament appearances during her three seasons on the diamond.

Jackson has demonstrated a commitment to service throughout her career, volunteering as a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader and on the Student-Athlete Service Council (SASC). She also led softball’s Tiger Sister Program, partnering young girls in the community with members of the team to foster friendship and mentorship.

A two-year fellow for Team IMPACT, Jackson has been instrumental in strengthening the program’s presence on campus and matching children with serious illnesses with various Princeton teams to allow for life changing experiences. Due in large part to her leadership, Princeton was recently recognized as the 2023-24 Division I Team IMPACT Fellowship Campus of the Year, honoring outstanding campus leadership and meaningful team partnerships.

From Berwyn, Pa., Jackson is studying in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Kate Monihan is a senior captain and defender for Princeton women’s ice hockey, having helped the Tigers to their first-ever ECAC Tournament championship in 2020. A three-time ECAC All-Academic honoree, Monihan was among 18 finalists for this year’s Hockey Humanitarian Award which recognizes exceptional play on the ice and volunteerism in the community.

Monihan has served on the Student-Athlete Wellness Leaders Leadership Council and as Vice President of External Development for the SHARE program, Princeton’s on-campus resource for Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education. Her efforts in educating and facilitating trainings earned her the organization’s Peer to Peer Leadership Award.

Additionally, Monihan has volunteered as a Fall Athlete Orientation Leader and serves as Vice President of her Eating Club. She previously participated in the Coach for College program where she spent three weeks promoting sport and higher education to disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.

From Moorestown, N.J., Monihan is studying in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Aria Nagai is a senior midfielder and career starter for Princeton women’s soccer. A three-time All-Ivy honoree, Nagai earned First Team accolades this past season as she helped guide the Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in her career.

Nagai has been a leader within the campus community, serving as President of the Asian Student-Athletes of Princeton (ASAP) affinity group and as an officer for the Japanese Student Association. Additionally, she has been involved with Princeton’s Society of Women Engineers and served as a learning consultant for the McGraw Learning Center on campus, tutoring fellow students in various STEM subject areas.

A member of the Student-Athlete Service Council (SASC), Nagai has helped organize and lead various community service initiatives for her team and the greater department, including the National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic among others.

Nagai is a computer science major from Herndon, Va.

Jalen Travis is a senior captain and offensive lineman for Princeton football. A two-time All-Ivy performer and Ivy League champion, Travis has helped guide the Tigers to a 75% winning percentage during his Princeton career.

Travis was recently named the national male collegiate recipient of the Athletes For A Better World Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, which honors character, teamwork, and citizenship. Travis previously founded his own nonprofit organization, The Just Action Coalition, to engage, educate and empower youth in social justice activism in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn.

On Campus, Travis was active as a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader and co-director of the Minority Pre-Law Association. He also served as a liaison for Princeton’s Advocacy and Activism Student Board at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and as an advisory board member for the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). Travis has been awarded a Truman Scholarship to attend law school and pursue a career in public service.

Travis is an Anthropology major pursuing a certificate in African American Studies.