Michael “Spider” Maxwell ’83 was the Georgia State High School Junior Varsity All-Around champion for gymnastics in 1979 and was the Varsity All-Around champion from 1980-1983. Spider received a full gymnastics scholarship to Pennsylvania State University. In 1984, he was the USGF Junior Elite National All-Around champion and the champion of the South African Cup. He placed third All-Around in the Cup of the Americas/Cuban International Open and was ninth in the NCAA Nationals. In 1987, Spider re- ceived the bronze medal on vault at the U.S. National Championship, East Team Captain at the Olympics Sports Festival, NCAA All-American on the parallel bars, and won the Nissen Award—the highest honor bestowed to collegiate gymnasts. Spider is married to fellow Penn State graduate, Jennifer, and they live on the southside of Atlanta with their son, Sam.
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