The MSSA is a non-profit, fraternal organization of sports media members that operates an annual Athletes of the Year Dinner, hands out the Jack Matheson Award scholarship, recognizes the careers of sportswriters and sportscasters through the Media Roll of Honour and acts as an advocate for sports journalism issues.
Formed in 1955, the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, or MSSA, is an organization of working and retired sports media members in the province of Manitoba.
The purpose of the MSSA organization is to recognize amateur and professional athletes for their exploits on the field of play as well as the sportscasters and sportswriters of Manitoba for their excellence and years of service. The association is based in Winnipeg and is responsible for the organizing, casting and counting of all the ballots for the athlete, team, student and media-related awards. These awards are presented annually at the Athletes of the Year Dinner in late January. There are now more than 80 inductees in the MSSA Media Roll of Honour.
The MSSA was founded to be a voice for writers and broadcasters in the sports field in Manitoba. The organization, through its executive staff and board of directors, strives to promote and acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by sports media members in all parts of the profession.