Started in 1951 for men and 1955 for women, the Pan American Games are held every four years (2019, 2023, 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. Overall, the Americans have earned seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals, and compiled a record of 78-15. The next Pan Am Games will be held July 26-Aug. 11, 2019, in Lima, Peru.
Among some of the top players who have competed in the Pan American Games are: Jennifer Azzi (1991); Cynthia Cooper (1987); Anne Donovan (1987 and 1983); Teresa Edwards (1991 and 1987); Pat Head (1975); Nancy Lieberman (1979 and 1975); Janel McCarville (2003); Katrina McClain (1991 and 1987); Carla McGhee (1995); Ann Meyers (1979 and 1975); Cheryl Miller (1983); Dawn Staley (1995); Breanna Stewart (2011, 2015); and Sheryl Swoopes (1995).