Started in 1951 for men and 1955 for women, the Pan American Games are held every four years (2023, 2027, etc.) in the year preceding the Olympics and organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The Pan American Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The first 3x3 PAG competition was held in 2019 and the USA women captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record. The next Pan Am Games will be held Oct. 22-Nov. 5, 2023, in Santiago, Chile.
The inaugural World Beach Games, which in addition to 3x3 basketball featured beach, water and action sports, were held in 2019 and included 13 sports and 14 disciplines, with more than 1,200 athletes from 97 nations among the participants.