Honoring the Memory of Ben Kredich: Cherishing Precious Moments and Living Life to the Fullest


In a world characterized by its unpredictability, even the brightest individuals can be touched by tragedy.

Recently, the University of Tennessee community was struck by the untimely passing of Ben Kredich, a young man whose potential shone brightly.

A Life Remembered

Ben Kredich, a 24-year-old with an infectious passion for life, was more than just the son of Matt Kredich, the Director of Swimming & Diving at the University of Tennessee.

Growing up immersed in the world of sports, Ben had a deep connection to swimming.

However, he encompassed much more than his athletic pursuits.


His participation in UT FUTURE, a program supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, showcased his love for self-expression and kindness.

A Heartfelt Farewell

The news of Ben’s passing left a gaping hole in the hearts of his loved ones, friends, and the broader UT community.

He was not just an athlete or a participant in a program; he was a young man whose zest for life touched everyone he encountered.

The Tragic Incident

The circumstances surrounding Ben’s death are heartbreaking.

He was walking along a sidewalk near the University of Tennessee when tragedy struck.


A car veered off the road and struck him, leading to his untimely passing.

The driver, later identified as an impaired motorist, had a history of opioid-related issues.

A Legacy of Kindness and Advocacy

Ben’s legacy extends beyond his athletic achievements and participation in UT FUTURE.

He stood as an advocate for those with special needs, a beacon of joy from Knoxville who made a positive impact through his passion for playing the piano at assisted living centers.

His story was one of determination, compassion, and a drive to create positive change.


Remembering Ben Kredich

The void left by Ben’s passing is immeasurable, yet his impact on the UT community and beyond will always be remembered.

His life serves as a testament to the potential for kindness and compassion even in the face of adversity.

As we navigate this loss, let us honor Ben’s memory by advocating for responsible choices and building a safer community.

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